I was thrilled that someone made this amazing discovery - an actual Cubs Pilgrim hat circa early 1900s. I'll go out on a limb and say it was possibly worn by a Cubs Fan to the Cubs' last World Series win.
It was on display at last year's Cubs Convention, and I've been holding onto this shot just waiting for the week leading up to Thanksgiving...
Truly amazing find.
And as Cub Fans you all know the history of the actual invention of Thanksgiving, back when America was still called the "New World" and Cub Fans flocked across the Atlantic in the Santo Marie to follow their favorite team.
In case you need a quick refresher, here is the actual story...
Many people don't realize that some of America's earliest settlers were actually big Cub fans.
In fact, Pilgrim Cub Fan explorers Louis and Clark crossed Lake Michigan in their trusty canoe, the "Cubs Rule", and discovered soon-to-be-famous Wrigley Field.
Interestingly, the ballpark was located on already-discovered Addison Street. But walking around the corner, the duo discovered another street running north/south. And as the story famously goes, they flipped a Falstaff beer bottle top to see which explorer the street would be named after.
Of course the winner was William "Clark".
In 1908, about the time Colorado joined the Union, the Cubs won the World Series.
Pilgrim Cub Fans were so elated and Illinois turkeys so aplenty, they decided to invent a holiday.
Originally called "Thank You Cubs For Giving Us A Championship", it was later shortened to simply "Thanksgiving".
Pilgrim Cub Fans hunted turkeys down, wrung their turkey necks, grilled them indirectly over a smoky fire until they were done just so, and thus began the long feasting tradition.
Pictured below is believed to be Geovany Durocher, Leo's great grandfather, at one of the early Thanksgiving Feasts.
As you would expect, there were many women Pilgrim Cub Fans showing their true colors back in the day.
Many current Wrigley Field traditions were actually the contributions of Pilgrim Cub Fans.
So as we sit round the Thanksgiving Table, let's give a word of thanks to the Pilgrim Cub Fans, inventors of Thanksgiving, and the last people to actually experience the Cubs winning a World Series.
This article was the contribution of guest author and noted historian Cornelius Goat, and has not been fact-checked. - Tim
As I've said before, this is my Thanksgiving post. And I'll add to it each year for as long as I'm doing this Cubby Blue stuff, along with apologies to any artists or historians I may have offended.