CHICAGO — The last time the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in Chicago, you could buy a house for $3,900, pay 10 cents a gallon for gas and purchase a new car for $763.
Heck, the Blackhawks weren't even called the Blackhawks in 1938, when the Black Hawks — two words — last claimed the Stanley Cup on Chicago ice.
The Hawks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Saturday night, setting up a potential Stanley Cup-clinching Game 6 Monday night at United Center.
The Hawks' last three championships, in 1961, 2010 and 2013, were won in Detroit, Philadelphia and Boston, respectively.
World War II was still more than a year away from starting when Chicago beat Toronto April 12, 1938 at the old Chicago Stadium to win the best-of-five Stanley Cup Final three games to one. Back then, the NHL had only six teams, and Chicago won the championship despite a regular-season record of 14-25-9.
If you want to witness this chance at history, you'll have to pony up. Standing-room-only tickets to Monday's game are going for $850-$1,700 on various resale sites, and don't even think about plopping your butt in a seat for less than $1,500.
Other events from 1938 include:
• Boxer Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round at Yankee Stadium
• Superman first appeared in a comic book
• The Cubs won the National League before losing to the Yankees in the World Series
• The U.S. forbade child labor in all factories
• The "drunkometer," the first breath test created by Dr. R N Harger, is introduced in Indiana.
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