A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 25, 2016
Lovable Losers (New York Mets; Chicago Cubs)

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Wikipedia: New York Mets
The New York Mets are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of Queens. The Mets compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division. The Mets are one of two Major League clubs based in New York City; the other is the New York Yankees.

Wikipedia: Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division. The team plays its home games at Wrigley Field, located on the city’s North Side. The Cubs are one of two Major League teams in Chicago; the other, the Chicago White Sox, are members of the American League (AL) Central division.
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Other nicknames
The Cubbies, the North Siders, the North Side Nine, the Boys in Blue, the Lovable Losers, the Little Bears, the Blue Bears, the Baby Bears

20 April 1962, Seattle (WA) Times, “Lovable Losers—Next, the Mets?” by Bill Prochnau, pg. 15, col. 1:
That’s the way they were in Brooklyn—lovable losers.

12 May 1963, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Just Browsing,” sec. 1, pg. 20, col. 4:
The Mets: Lovable Losers
By Jimmy Breslin

7 July 1963, New York (NY) Times, “An Image in Concrete: This Is Shea Stadium. The Mets May Play in It Some Day” by Robert Lipsyte, pg. S3, col. 5:
And the Mets can relax, too, as loose and lovable losers. For a while.

9 August 1966, Washington (DC) Post, “Mets Provide Happiness With an ‘Old Pro’ Team” (AP), pg. C2, col. 1:
For almost four years, Stengel’s oratorial excellence and the enchanting blunders of players like Throneberry, helped make the Mets baseball’s most lovable losers.

11 September 1969, Austin (TX) Statesman, pg. A17, col. 4:
Those Mets:
‘Lovable Losers’ Leading NL Division


25 September 1969, Austin (TX) Statesman, pg. A15, col. 3:
Laughable, Lovable Losers Finally Win

Google Books
Amazing Baseball Teams
By Dave Wolf
New York, NY: Random House
1970
Pg. 150:
They would chant in unison “Let’s Go Mets” in the final inning, even if the team was losing by ten runs — which it often was. While the Mets kept on dropping game after game, the fans kept pouring into the ballpark to root for the lovable losers.

27 May 1981, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Reuschel accepts his fate with Cubs” by Bob Logan, pg. C2, col. 1:
Indeed, Reuschel clearly has no patience with attempts to label the Cubs “lovable losers” on a par with the 1962 Mets, the all-time clowns who lost 120 games.

21 February 1982, Chicago (IL) Tribune, magazine, pg. 8:
Can the Cubs be saved?:
New management puts the squeeze on baseball’s lovable losers.

By Skip Myslenski

Bleacher Report—Chicago Cubs
Lovable Losers? Not So Much: Why Everyone Hates the Chicago Cubs
By Kevin Trahan , Analyst Jan 18, 2009
They’re called the lovable losers and will forever live in infamy for their losing streak of 100 years and counting. Cubs fans have become accustomed to chanting “maybe next year” and cheering their team into the playoffs, only to have their hopes smashed.

OCLC WorldCat record
The legend of Zippy Chippy : life lessons from horse racing’s most lovable loser
Author: William J Thomas
Publisher: [Toronto] : McClelland & Stewart, [2015]
Edition/Format: Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Database: WorldCat
Summary:
From acclaimed humorist William Thomas comes the funny yet poignant story of a thoroughbred racehorse that lost 100 races in a row—but, in everyone’s eyes, became the ultimate winner.--

Today’s Knuckleball
Heyman: 7 Cubs moves that turned Lovable Losers into winners
By Jon Heyman
Posted on September 22, 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Sunday, September 25, 2016 • Permalink


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