Chicago Cubs: ‘Anyone can have a bad century...’

As the Chicago Cubs prepare to get their play-off campaign under way, Rupert Cornwell asks what chance the unluckiest team in sport have of claiming baseball’s biggest prize – the World Series – for the first time since 1908

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Stan Musial: Baseball player considered one of the best in history

On a late summer's day in San Francisco in 1962, a modest crowd gathered to watch the visiting St Louis Cardinals baseball team do battle with the hometown San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals were not strong that year, while the Giants were challenging for the National League divisional baseball championship. Still, the Cardinals were always interesting to watch because of the presence on the team of their aging superstar, Stan Musial, known down the years to anybody exposed to the sport as "Stan the Man".