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Cubs World Series trophy first to wear an LGBT rainbow flag

Team shows off championship hardware at Pride parade.

The World Series trophy on the Cubs float.
Bill Gubrud

The World Series trophy won by the Chicago Cubs wore a rainbow flag when it was paraded on on a float in Sunday’s LGBT Pride parade in Chicago. I am certain it’s a first for the trophy.

The flag was draped on the trophy by Laura Ricketts, a co-owner of the Cubs who is openly gay, said Bill Gubrud, a Cubs fan and organizer of the Out at Wrigley, the longest-running gay day at a Major League Baseball stadium.

Photo by Bill Gubrud

“It was the most exciting parade I have been to,” Gubrud said. “Just to be able to see a Cubs World Series trophy in my lifetime is amazing, but to see it in the Gay Pride Parade was surreal.”

The Cubs have a tradition of having a float in the parade and have very LGBT-friendly. An employee even let Gubrud try on his World Series ring — though it didn’t have the 108 diamonds like the rings the players got. Prior to 2016, the Cubs last won the World Series 108 years earlier in 1908.

Photo by Blake Taylor.