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Believe it: Cubs are headed to the World Series after ousting Dodgers in NLCS Game 6

It's really happening.

The Chicago Cubs dispatched the Los Angeles Dodgers with power and pitching on Saturday to win the National League pennant and reach their first World Series in 71 years.

The Cubs, for more than half a century viewed as the lovable losers of old ivy-covered Wrigley Field, beat the best pitcher of the now generation in Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in a 5-0 victory that clinched the National League pennant, 4-2.

Next up, the Cleveland Indians and the Curse of the Billy Goat.

The long-suffering Cubs head to Cleveland on Tuesday to begin a best-of-seven for Major League Baseball's championship with a chance to end the longest title drought in major North American professional sports -- 108 years -- and erase a fabled curse.

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: A general view of the exterior of Wrigley Field prior to Game 6 of the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Fans are seen walking outside Wrigley Field prior to Game 6 of the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after scoring a run on an RBI single hit by Kris Bryant #17 (not pictured) in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with manager Joe Maddon at the dugout after scoring a run on an RBI single hit by Kris Bryant #17 (not pictured) in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after hitting a double in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning during Game 6 of the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs scores on a Ben Zobrist #18 sacrifice fly in the first inning during Game 6 of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after hitting a double in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs hits a double in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during Game 6 of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs reacts to scoring on a Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs RBI single in the second inning during Game 6 of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Chicago Cubs fans cheer as Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs is relieved in the eighth inning during game six of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Fans sing and raise victory signs during the seventh-inning stretch during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Aroldis Chapman #54 celebrates with Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in game six of the National League Championship Series to advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: The Chicago Cubs celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in game six of the National League Championship Series to advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: The Chicago Cubs pose after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in game six of the National League Championship Series to advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in game six of the National League Championship Series to advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in game six of the National League Championship Series to advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: The Chicago Cubs celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in game six of the National League Championship Series to advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras blasted home runs to support the two-hit pitching of Kyle Hendricks and Aroldis Chapman that sent Cubs fans into delirium, rocked the 102-year-old stadium in Chicago and ignited a city-wide celebration.

Transformed by a new management regime led by team president Theo Epstein, who also helped the Boston Red Sox exorcise the Curse of the Bambino with their first Series win in 86 years, the Cubbies will enter the 112th Fall Classic as favorites after a major league-leading 103 regular season wins.

SEE MORE: Has Steve Bartman made peace with the past?

The Indians had their own history of sporting futility in the city on the southern shore of Lake Erie once nicknamed the "Mistake on the Lake", going without a World Series title since 1948.

But no club touches the ordeal of the Cubs, whose deprived fans have waited four decades longer than their Cleveland counterparts.

The Cubs were an early power in the major leagues, winning their second World Series in a row in 1908 in the fifth edition of the Fall Classic.

The Cubs remained a strong team over the next few decades but kept falling short in the World Series. They were runners-up in six World Series in the years following when they once again won the National League pennant for another crack at the title in 1945.

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20. Freese powers monumental St. Louis rally (2011)

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18. Earthquake rattles 1989 World Series

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17. Roger Clemens flings a broken bat at Mike Piazza (2000)

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15. Dekinger's blown call gives KC a win to set up a title (1985)

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14. Jack Morris hurls 10 shutout innings (1991)

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9. The Babe "calls his shot" (1932)

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7. Larsen throws perfection (1956)

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6. Willie Mays' trademark grab (1954)

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5. Bill Mazeroski hits only Game 7 walkoff homer ever (1960)

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4. President Bush tosses a strike for America (2001)

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3. It gets through Buckner (1986)

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THE CURSE

Legend has it that Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave Game Four of the 1945 Series at Wrigley Field against the Detroit Tigers because the odor of his pet goat, Murphy, was bothering other fans.

Outraged, Sianis cursed the Cubs on his way out of the World Series game, shouting they would never win another.

Seventy-one years later, and 108 years in total, the Cubs and their fans are still waiting.

These Cubs look well equipped to end the drought.

Celebrate the Chicago Cubs' trip to the 2016 World Series. 

Built by a combination of shrewd trades, draft choices and heavy spending on the free agent market, the new Cubs have a young, power-hitting team featuring third baseman Kris Bryant, first baseman Rizzo and shortstop Addison Russell.

They support a veteran starting rotation anchored by Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, National League ERA leader Hendricks and John Lackey.

Led by manager Joe Maddon, brought in last season as the final piece of their championship puzzle, the Cubs went from 101 losses in Epstein's first season in charge in 2012 to one step from baseball heaven.

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