Amongst the several professional baseball playing teams in the US, one of the highly popular teams is the Chicago Cubs. It was started in the year 1876 as the founding member of the National League. The name of the team changed to Chicago Cubs in the year 1903. Although Chicago Cubs is one of the most popular teams to play the game with a huge fan base, it has failed miserably to be a part of the World Series for 7 straight decades. According to the fans, the sole reason behind this misfortune is Murphy, a Billy goat.
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According to history of the Chicago Cubs, it was on October 6th, 1945 when the owner of a local tavern put a curse on the team for kicking out his smelly goat from The Cubs Stadium. Ever since the curse, Chicago Cubs have been struggling to find their groove and have eventually adopted the nickname of lovable losers. Although it may all sound very weird to you, it is a sad fact about the club.
The Story behind the Curse
As the story goes, it was the game between Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers on October 6th, 1945. During those times, the Cubs had one of the best squads in major league baseball. Due to their successful runs in the years 1908 & 1907, where they had bagged back-to-back championships, the team was in full form ever since. This is also the reason behind the common beliefs amongst the fans that Chicago Cubs would win the World Series in 1945. They were already 2-1 over the Detroit Tigers and needed just 2 more wins to win the title.
Just as the game was about to start, Billy walked in at the gate of Wrigley holding 2 tickets, one was for him and the other for his smelly goat named Murphy. It is also said that Murphy was a rescued goat. He was rescued by Billy after the animal fell down from a pickup in the middle 1930s. He had brought Murphy at the game because he wanted to publicize his new bar. What happened that day has several different legends.
The first legend goes that the Cubs’ ushers stopped Billy from coming to the ball park with his goat. After loads of protests from Billy, owner of the club, P.K. Wrigley, came in the picture and also prevented Billy from going in with his goat stating that the animal stinks a lot. This made Billy furious and he cursed the Cubs saying “Cubs ain’t gon’ win no more.”
The second legend says that after being allowed to enter Wrigley with his goat, Billy sat on his seat with his goat. After some time the other spectators started complaining about Murphy’s stench and asked Billy to leave with Murphy. This made Billy very angry and he cursed Chicago Cubs.
Whatever be the actual story, the curse brought about ill-luck to the club and it slumped to an all-time low in all its future baseball games.