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Top Ten Story Number 5
McMinnville native World Series champ
McMinnville native Lester Strode is pictured with the World Series trophy.
It was a year McMinnville native Lester Strode will always remember. In the final two months of 2016, he made history as the bullpen coach for the Chicago Cubs when a 108-year World Series drought came to an end for the team – the longest drought in Major Leagues history beginning in 1908.The Cubs came back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Cleveland Indians in seven games and win the World Series.“I can’t wait to see that big, ol’ ring on my finger,” said Strode in an interview with the Standard a day after the championship. “Winning the World Series, it was wild and crazy.