Chicago Cubs Curses

If you don't know much about the Cubs and their world series drought, you may want to learn about Cubs Curse and see reasons why some believe the curse continues today.

The Goat of 1945

Back in 1945, a man by the name of William "Billy Goat" Sianis attempted to bring a goat named, Murphy, to Wrigley Field during Game 4 of the World Series. Sianis was the owner of the "Billy Goat Tavern" and was a diehard Cubs fan.

Since there was no signs or warnings that barred animals from the park, Sianis figured he would have no problem bringing Murphy to the park. Ready with one ticket for himself and one ticket for Murphy, Sianis and his pet watched the game until late in the game when they were asked to leave. Orders came directly from Cubs owner, P.K. Wrigley, asking that both Sianis and his pet goat be ushered out of the park. The reason given was "because the goat stinks". As a disgusted Sianis left, he was heard saying "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."

After the Cubs lost the Series to the Tigers in seven games, Sianis sent a telegram to Wrigley that said "Who Stinks Now?". Diehard Cubs fans believe the curse still exists today.

The Collapse of 1969

The 1969 Cubs was a team consisting of Cubs legends like Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Fergie Jenkins, and Billy Williams. It was considered to be the greatest Cubs team ever assembled.

With a late season lead of 9 1/2 game lead over the Mets, nothing looked like it could stop the Cubs from returning to the World Series.

The curse is said to have reared its ugly head again on September 9th, 1969 when a black cat ran onto the field as the Cubs played a crucial series against the Mets at Shea Stadium. After running circles around Ron Santo in the on-deck circle, the black cat quickly disappeared underneath the stands.

The 1984 Cubs

Finishing the 84 season with a 95-64 record, the Cubs were primed and ready to finally return to the World Series. Led by MVP, Ryne Sandberg and Cy Young Winner, Rick Sutcliffe, the Cubs jumped to an early 2-0 series lead over the San Diego Padres. The Padres won game three and then won game four after Steve Garvey broke a 9th inning tie with a home run. Leading game 5 late in the game, it looked like the Cubs would finally break the curse. Instead, the Padres scored two runs to trim the lead to 3-2. In the 7th inning with a runner on second, a ground ball was hit to First Baseman, Leon Durham. Instead of making an easy second out and retaining a one run lead, the ball rolled between Durham's legs and the Padres scored on the error. Two batters later, the Padres would take the lead, which eventually led to a Padres win.

Buckner's Batting Glove in the 1986 World Series

Most baseball fans are aware of the infamous ball between the legs of Bill Buckner during the 86 World Series. The error caused Boston to lose game 6, forcing a game 7. Eventually the Mets won the series and many fans blamed Buckner, thus extending the Red Sox curse.

What hasn't been noticed until recently was what Bill Buckner was wearing under his first basemen's glove during that play.

A picture taken over 20 years ago showing Buckner walking off the field after committing the error revealed something that has been undiscovered until recently. As Buckner walked off the field, he removed his glove, exposing a worn Chicago Cubs batting glove with the Cubs logo on the back. Buckner had previously played for the Cubs before joining the Red Sox and was apparently wearing the batting glove for luck. Instead it acts as one more piece of evidence as to why the Cubs Curse exists.

Bill Buckner walks off the field (wearing a Cubs batting glove) after his critical error in the 86 World Series.

Santo's 1998 Call

Late in September of 1998, the Cubs were in a tight Wild Card race with the Mets and Giants. On September 23rd, the Cubs were leading the Brewers 7-0. As the Brewers crawled back, the Cubs still led 7-5 in the bottom of the 9th with two-outs and the bases loaded. With a count of 2-2, Rod Beck threw the pitch and a routine pop-fly to left field should have ended the game. Instead, the ball was dropped and the Brewers won the game. The loss was most felt through the emotions of broadcaster Ron Santo.

HUGHES: "Two down, the Brewers have the bases loaded, and a 2-2 count on the hitter. Here's the pitch. Swung on. Fly ball to left field. Brant Brown going back. Brant Brown ... drops the ball!"

SANTO: "Oh, nooooooooo!"

HUGHES: "He dropped the ball!"

SANTO: "Nooooooooo!"

HUGHES: "Three runs will score, and the Brewers have beaten the Cubs."

Steve Bartman and the 2003 Cubs

On Tuesday, October 14, 2003 during a playoff game against the Florida Marlins, Steve Bartman, a local 26-year old global human resources worker from the Northern suburbs of Chicago, became the latest "goat" when he attempted to catch a foul ball near the left field wall. As Cubs left fielder, Moises Alou, attempted to catch the same ball, Bartman, and others could be seen deflecting the ball. What could have been a momentum killer for the Marlins eventually was a major blame to the collapse of the Cubs after being one game away from the World Series. After the game, Bartman apoligized to fans:

"There are few words to describe how awful I feel and what I have experienced within these last twenty-four hours. I am so truly sorry from the bottom of this Cubs fan's broken heart.

I ask that Cub fans everywhere redirect the negative energy that has been vented towards my family, my friends and myself into the usual positive support for our beloved team on their way to being National League champs." - Steve Bartman

Though Wrigley Field ushers will not tell you where Bartman sat during that game, a Cubs sticker can be seen on the back of the famous seat where Bartman interfered with the ball. Each game, you can see fans taking pictures at that same spot in the same pose as Bartman.

Since the Boston Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, the Cubs are the last team to be suffering from their famous curse. Whether its the curse of the goat or the curse of the 2003 playoffs, fans hope that each year they do not have to "wait until next year".

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Bring back the goat

The Cubs are probably too embarrassed to bring back the goat, but the post submitted by anonymous has a good point: why not bring back the goat and make the goat a Mascot, or allow a goat to come to the game once? I suppose another drawback to being embarrassed about bringing back the goat, is the Cubs still not winning a world series after bringing the goat back. It would be interesting to see what happens, and this would be a good year to bring the goat back because the new Cubs owners (the Ricketts) seem to be bent on supplying the kind of quality team the Cubs need to win a world series...just give a goat a bath and bring the darn thing to a game.

Fools Curse

No such thing as a curse. It's all foolishness. A fire fed by fans, frachise,players and press. " If you believe it's true it's true, if you do not it's not!" A thought in the mind of mankind has brought incredible events to occur in American history! CUBBIES what are YOU thinking! Mr Bullock Sr ( Koala A's fan )

They forgot.......

Did not mention the charity walk before the 2013 season

It seems really funny for me

It seems really funny for me to have this as they are not as good as they should be but we can take them as a grant for the sign only.

they just suck

The cubs just suck that's why they always choke. Its no curse they just can't handle it and in my opinion would make a great triple a team.

Is Wrigley Cursed?

One thing that no one brings up is the actual field and environment of Wrigley Field that is cursed? Depending on what day you attend a game, it can be the most pitcher friendly park in the world or the most hitter friendly, based on the windy conditions. I think that the fact that on a day when it is a hitter's park that routine flyouts sail into the bleachers. I don't know one free agent pitcher that wants that environment. I hope the Cubs take this into consideration with this revamping project and try to make this a more pitcher friendly park.

It's not Steve bartmans fault

Just bring the go on the field and see if the cubs wo and if they do then bring it to every important game

Everyone has it wrong!!!!!

First I would like to state that i'm not a Cub fan, but a baseball fan from Las Vegas, Nv. I think everyone has it wrong about the 'Cub Curse'. This year makes the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field or should I say Weeghman Park home of the Chicago Whales of the Federal League. The league only lastest 2 seasons 1914-1915, but in 1915 Whales won the Federal League title...but never got to defend its title since the AL & NL bought half the league. So maybe it's not the Billy Goat, Black Cat, 1969, Leon Durham, Bill Buckner or Steve Bartman, but the ghosts of the Whales that haunt Wrigley.

another possibility

Wrigley field is so short pitchers could hit homers easily there they give up too many runs at home then they lose and you don't get in the post season with a losing record. so quit being superstitious its not a curse its just bad baseball

the real reason the cubs can't get in the world series


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