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On This Day In Sports: Billy Sianis Puts The “Curse Of The Billy Goat” On The Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field

 

On this day in sports: October 6, 1945 local Chicago tavern owner, William “Billy” Sianis, attempted to enjoy Game 4 of the 1945 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Detriot Tigers at Wrigley Field when he and his pet goat were asked to leave the stadium in the fourth inning. Outraged, Sianis departed his seat with his goat and declared “Them Cubs, they aren’t gonna win no more,” which has been interpreted to mean that either the Cubs would never win another World Series or that the Cubs would never win another World Series at Wrigley Field. To this day the “Curse Of The Billy Goat”  has been upheld and the Cubs have not been to the Fall Classic since losing to the Tigers in 1945. In 2003 the Cubs came within 5 outs of winning the NL pennant over the Florida Marlins, but the ugly curse struck again, this time in the form of a Lifetime Cub Fan by the name of Steve Bartman. The Cubs leading 3 – 0 with 1 out in the 8th inning went on to surrender 8 runs to the Marlins following the interference by Bartman losing the game and also eventually losing game 7 at Wrigley Field.

To this day the curse lives on, the Cubs are lone bearers of the title “loveable losers” as it has now been 102 years since they have won a World Series Title and 65 years since they have gotten the National League Pennant.

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October 6, 2010 - Posted by | Chicago Cubs, MLB, This Day In Sports

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