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A tale of two sisters' cities

Written by Kathryn Spira

So guys, I'm writing this to you on Election Day, not yet knowing the outcome, although predictions favor Clinton as of this writing.

Instead, I'd like to write about a contest that we do know the outcome: the World Series!

See, I got a phone call from my sister Debbie the day of the seventh, tie-breaker game. Since I was raised in Cleveland and she has lived in Chicago the past three decades, you can imagine we were rooting for different teams going into the final.

And that final game was exciting right into an extra inning. Even those of us who don't care that much about sports were glued to the TV screen to see who would finally win after so many years (Cleveland's 1948 last win as opposed to Chicago's 1908).

According to Wikipedia, the Cubs were in three consecutive series, 1906, 1907 and 1908 and were the first major league team to win two in a row in 1907 and 1908.

Herman was actually born in 1948, so that year was the last that Cleveland won the series, but obviously the Cubs waited longer.

I enclose a photo of myself with Debbie in my lap at the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame taken by Herman circa 2000. We remain in regular contact in spite of her living in Chicago and me in New York.

The rivalry between us about baseball is of the friendly bent. In fact, Debbie said she was more of a White Sox fan, but being in Chicago, felt she had to root for the Cubs, who finally did pull off the win.

Actually, we are both more fans of tennis than baseball. And I especially like to watch figure skating competitions. But still, it was great to see the exciting finish to the World Series this year.

I noticed Trump just sued Nevada for election fraud in voting after the polls were closed as I'm writing this Tuesday afternoon. Oh, boy. I'm just wondering if this election could go into extra innings!


About Kathryn Spira

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland, OH who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County, New York. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site