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".
Shortly after, Cubs ownership would have a brainstorm and create one of the most daring managerial moves in baseball history.
The famous "College of Coaches", here depicted in Lorenzo Amalfitano's "Il College di Allenatori arrivare a Oak Street Beach" (trans: "The College of Coaches arrive at Oak Street Beach".
Before games, Pilgrim Cub Fans used to gather in the parking lot outside Wrigley Field for a group prayer.
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.
Here is an etching, "Portrait of Therese Johnson-Collins", believed to be somehow related to 1980s "ballperson" Marla Collins.
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. For as long as I'm doing this Cubby Blue stuff, along with apologies to any artists or historians I may have offended.