In the spirit of the Chicago Cubs' epic collapse into oblivion, I'd like to recommend some awesome reading material.
Crazy '08 by Cait Murphy is a fun and informative look at the Cubbies' long road to the 1908 World Series Championship, and seriously one of the best books on baseball I've read.
Baseball in 1908 has riots and deaths, scandal and arrests, the bizarre (stealing first base) and the beautiful (a perfect game); the sublime (the Brown-Mathewson pitching duels) and the ridiculous (anything to do with Rube Waddell). In 1908, players take the vaudeville stage, knockwurst is sold from wicker baskets, and poetry appears on the sports pages. The whole season is rife with drama -- comic, tragic, odd, and merely incredible.Enjoy!