Back To The Future 2 predicts World Series win for Chicago Cubs

Emily Sheridan

When Back To The Future Part II came of age last year, it looked liked film-makers may have been a little premature with some of their predictions for 2015.

However, one of the 1989 film's visions of 21st century America turned out to come true - albeit a year late - when the Chicago Cubs clinched a historic win in the baseball World Series.

On Wednesday night, the Illinois team beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 to collect their first title in 108 years.


They last won the World Series in 1908, making it the longest trophy drought in the game's history.

The Cubs' surprising success was just a year off Back To The Future scriptwriters' predictions that the team would finally end their losing streak.

In the first sequel in the time travel trilogy, the protagonist Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) travels from 1985 to 2015 in a bid to prevent his son Marty Jnr from making a life-changing mistake.

While hanging out in the futuristic Hill Valley, Marty finds himself watching a sports news report proclaiming the Chicago Cubs have beaten the Miami Gators in the 2015 World Series.

Discussing the baseball results with a local historical campaigner, Marty has the idea to buy a Sports Almanac in the future so he can win money gambling when he goes back in time.

Of course, as fans of the film know, Marty's decision to buy the Almanac has huge implications for his family and Hill Valley as a whole when it is stolen by villain Biff Tannen (Thomas F Wilson) who brings it back to 1955.

So when it comes to 1980s film-makers predicting 2015, how well did they do?

As they foresaw, flat-screen, wall mounted televisions; video chat; unmanned drone cameras; tablet computers and wearable technology are all a part of our 21st century world.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, Nike unveiled their HyperAdapt 1.0 trainers with power laces, although a different design to those worn by Marty in the BTTF2.

As for Hoverboards, we may be waiting a while. Although the media have nicknamed the current battery-powered, self-balancing two-wheeled boards 'Hoverboards', they don't have much in common with the vehicle envisioned in the movie which famously hovered in thin air.

Hoverboard im Delorean aus "Zurück in die Zukunft" als Ausstellungstück auf dem IFA Gelände 2015
Hoverboard im Delorean aus "Zurück in die Zukunft" als Ausstellungstück auf dem IFA Gelände 2015