October 6th 1945: The Billy Goat Curse is Cast

From 1876 to 1945, The Chicago Cubs were one of the most successful baseball teams in the country. They had 51 winning seasons, 16 first place finishes, 16 pennants and two World Series titles.

On October 6th 1945 the Cubs entered game four of the World Series leading the Detroit Tigers 2 games to 1. They only needed to win two of the next four games played at Wrigley Field to win another series.

A local Greek, William “Billy Goat” Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern and a Cubs fan, bought two tickets to Game four. Hoping to bring his team good luck he brought his pet goat, Murphy, along with him to the game.

At the entrance to the park, the ushers stopped Billy from entering saying that no animals were allowed in the park. Billy Goat, frustrated, cried out in appeal to the owner of the Cubs, P.K. Wrigley.

Wrigley replied, “Let Billy in, but not the goat.”

Billy asked, “Why not the goat?”

Wrigley answered, “Because the goat stinks.”

Then Billy threw up his arms and exclaimed, “The Cubs ain’t gonna win no more. The Cubs will never win a World Series so long as the goat is not allowed in Wrigley Field.”

The Cubs lost game four, and the next two games as well, and lost the World Series.

Billy Goat promptly sent a telegram to P.K. Wrigley, stating, “Who stinks now?”

For the rest of “Billy Goat” Sianis’s life the Cubs would finish each season at 5th place or lower.

The World Series faded into a dream, and “wait ’til next year” became the team’s motto.

From 1946 to today, the Cubs have posted a dismal .466 record and finish an average 21 games behind their division leader, and the Cubs are still looking for a way to reverse the “Billy Goat” curse.

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