Joan Elmore set to defend world title

Updated: August 27, 2013, 12:27 PM ET
By Graham Hays | espnW

Fans of the Chicago Cubs grow up and grow old hoping that what came before need not predict what comes next. They have to. No matter how many seasons sink before Labor Day, mixed with occasional sudden heartbreak like the collapse of 1969 or the National League Championship Series of 2003, they try to believe that around the corner awaits a world in which a team that showed no aptitude for it for more than a century can yet become a champion.

Joan Elmore is one of ...

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