It’s done. Over. In the books. History was made Wednesday night as the Chicago Cubs, who have not won a World Series since 1908, beat the Cleveland Indians — who have not won a World Series since 1948.

The game was a nail-biter, a seesaw of scoring until it reached a final 10th-inning victory, with the 112th World Series ending a long losing drought — for one team, anyway.

Final score:
Chicago  8
Cleveland  7

“The Cubs finally win it all!” yelled Fox announcer Joe Buck, barely capturing the emotional highs and lows of the nearly five-hour game.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. “It happened.”

The excitement could be felt by viewers at home all night, even from the classy start with the string section of the Cleveland Orchestra playing the national anthem at Progressive Field; the crowd sang the words. “This place is buzzing,” said Buck.

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The crowd roared at the starting pitch, a strike from Indians pitcher Corey Kluber.

But before the at-bat was done, Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler had hit a home run, quickly putting the Cubs ahead 1-0 and quieting the Cleveland fans. It’s the first time a player has hit a lead-off homer in a Game 7 of the World Series.

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But by the third inning, Indians’ outfielder Coco Crisp had crossed the plate on a single by Carlos Santana to tie it up, making for an exciting start.

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In the fourth inning, the Cubs answered by adding two more runs.

In the fifth, Cubs’ infielder Javy Baez hit a solo home run. Kris Bryant, who walked to get on base, wound up scoring, too. At the top of the fifth inning it was Chicago — 5; Indians — 1. Things weren’t looking good for Cleveland fans and some of the fans’ faces told the sad story.

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But in the bottom of the fifth with two outs, Cubs manager Joe Maddon took out starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks and brought in Jon Lester, a controversial move given that Hendricks was doing so well. Two Indians scored on a wild pitch.

“All heck just broke loose,” said announcer Joe Buck.

After five innings, it was Cubs — 5, Indians — 3.

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In the sixth, Cubs catcher David Ross, 39, stepped up and hit a home run, boosting Chicago to a three-run lead over Cleveland. It was a nice moment, given that it was Ross’ last game; he has said he is retiring after the series.

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Lester — after three and one-third innings, with four strike-outs and one walk — left the game to a huge ovation, as Maddon brought in closer Aroldis Chapman for the final four outs.

But an RBI double from Brandon Guyer drove the score up, making it Chicago — 6, Cleveland — 4. And then outfielder Rajai Davis hit a home run to tie the game. Progressive Stadium exploded.

As NBC’s Willie Geist said on Twitter, taking the Lord’s name in vain: “Oh. My. God.” Chicago’s sweet lead had vanished.

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Heading into the ninth inning, the game was tied, 6-6. It started to rain.

Stranding a baserunner on third, the Cubs failed to score. In the bottom of the ninth, the Indians didn’t score, either. The grounds crew spread out a tarp, delaying the game, right around midnight ET.

After the game resumed around 12:15 a.m. ET, Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist drove in a run. Catcher Miguel Montero stepped up to the plate with bases loaded and one out. His base hit drove in another run. Chicago was ahead 8-6.

In the bottom of the 10th, the Indians scored on a single from Rajai Davis off Cubs rookie pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. At that point, with only one out needed, but Davis on first base — Maddon brought in Mike Montgomery to pitch. He got his out.

Game over — and a Cubs World Series win at last.

Among the stars at the game: Superfan Bill Murray, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, actor John Cusack, comedian/actress Bonnie Hunt, rockers Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, and Charlie Sheen. The latter played cult favorite Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn from the movie “Major League,” and he arrived in Cleveland in on Wednesday about four hours before first pitch.

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Game 7 was a hot ticket, with more than 40,000 people in the ballpark. The median price for a Game 7 ticket was $1,823, according to Sports Illustrated. Fans got their money’s worth.

As former Cincinnati player Pete Rose said early in the night on Fox, “Let me tell you about playing in the World Series. The three greatest days of my life was [sic] winning the World Series. The three worst days of my baseball life was losing the World Series. That’s what the World Series means to a baseball player.”