CLEVELAND — The name is Russell. Addison Russell.

No way anyone in Cubs World is forgetting his name. Barring something really stupid happening — and Theo Epstein strikes me as not having a stupid cell in his body — Russell will be wearing a Cubs uniform for a long time. And absent a pandemic of amnesia, what he did Tuesday night for the Cubs will be remembered by their fans till the end of time.

With two swings of his bat (and with a little help instead of interference from the baseball gods, for once), Russell drove in six runs and set the Cubs on their way to a 9-3 victory over the Indians in Game 6 of the World Series, setting up a historic winner-take-all showdown Wednesday.

“Just watching him, he’s unbelievable,” said Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, a guy who was National League Rookie of the Year last season and a heavy favorite to be Most Valuable Player this season. “He’s a pretty special player.”

Regardless of what happens in Game 7, it’s time for Cubs fans to realize the baseball gods do not always storm on their lives. I offer two exhibits for evidence:

No. 1, Russell’s two-run double in the first inning should have been the third out, with the Indians coming to bat down only 1-0 after Bryant’s space-shuttle launch to left field. Instead, outfielders Tyler Naquin and Lonnie Chisenhall converged on Russell’s lazy pop fly into right-center field but could not decide who should catch it. So neither did.

“I thought it was going to be kind of a routine play,” Russell said. “But they didn’t put a glove on it, so it counts as a hit. I’m totally stoked.”

Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist raced home, with Zobrist flattening Indians catcher Roberto Perez on the ensuing play at the plate.

The Cubs have seemed to own those Keystone Cops affairs. But on that play, it was the Indians who looked like the 2008 Cubs against the the Dodgers and the ’03 Cubs after the Bartman thing and the ’84 Cubs after Leon Durham and … well, you know. And the Cubs took advantage.

No. 2, consider the fleecing of the A’s to add young Addison Russell to the Cubs organization in 2014. On July 5 of that year, the aforementioned Mr. Epstein, president of baseball operations on the North Side of Chicago, and his braintrust sent veteran pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for two minor leaguers and a young pitcher.

One of the minor leaguers was Billy McKinney, who is still in the minors. The young pitcher was Dan Straily, whom the Cubs used to pry center fielder and leadoff man Dexter Fowler from the Astros.

The other minor leaguer was Addison Russell.

Two years after the trade, Russell was the National League’s All-Star shortstop. He ranked second among all National League position players in defensive wins above replacement, with a plus-2.7 WAR rating. He is a finalist for the Gold Glove award for NL shortstops.

And he can hit a little. Russell’s batting average in two major league seasons is only .240, but this season he homered 21 times and drove in 95 runs.

In his second at-bat Tuesday, Russell came to bat with the bases loaded, looked at two balls, then lined the third pitch from Indians reliever Dan Otero over the 19-foot wall in center field and deep into the bleachers, 434 feet from home plate. It was the first grand slam in a World Series since the White Sox’s Paul Konerko’s in 2005 — and the first World Series grand slam by a Cub.

Forever.

“He got the pitch he wanted and he did damage with it,” designated hitter Kyle Schwarber said. “It was a great display of hitting. He got into a hitter’s count and didn’t chase.”

And one more footnote from the history bin: The only player younger than Russell to hit a grand slam in a World Series game was a guy named Mickey Mantle, who was 21 when he did it for the Yankees in 1953.

Maybe Cubs fans finally can stop lamenting the Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio trade in 1964. Russell is poised to be a superstar on a team that has an entire infield of young superstars.

Not only that, they even got Hammel back a few months after the trade, through free agency.

Now, history will be made. For the first time since 1948, one of these teams will not lose a game with championship ramifications. That was the year the Indians last won the World Series. The Cubs last did it in 1908. No other teams in baseball have suffered longer.

For both teams, the countdown to write new history is 10 wins down, one to go.

So close, the fans of both teams can taste sweet victory in their mouths. But only one can have it.

Who’s it gonna be?

— Kirk Wessler is Journal Star sports editor. Contact him at kwessler@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @KirkWessler.