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The Curse of the Billy Goat is an urban legend concerning various regular-season and postseason woes of the Chicago Cubs, a Major League Baseball team. It explains the Cubs not even reaching the World Series since 1945. An urban legend or urban myth is similar to a modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... The 1945 World Series matched the American League Detroit Tigers against the National League Chicago Cubs. ...

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The Curse of "Billy The Goat" Sianis

Main article: Chicago Cubs futility theories

The Curse of the Billy Goat is a curse on the Chicago Cubs that was started in 1945. As the story goes, Billy Sianis, a Greek immigrant (from Paleopyrgos, Greece[1]), who owned a nearby tavern (the now-famous Billy Goat Tavern), had two $7.20 box seat tickets to Game 4 of the 1945 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers, and decided to bring along his pet goat, Murphy (or Sinovia according to some references), which Sianis had restored to health when the goat had fallen off a truck and subsequently limped into his tavern. The goat wore a blanket with a sign pinned to it which read "We got Detroit's goat".[2] Sianis and the goat were allowed into Wrigley Field and even paraded about on the playing field before the game before ushers intervened and led them off the field. After a heated argument, both Sianis and the goat were permitted to stay in the stadium occupying the box seat for which he had tickets. At this point, Andy Frain (head of Wrigley Field's hired security company at the time), waved the goat's box-seat ticket in the air and proclaimed, "If he eats the ticket that would solve everything."[2]. However, the goat did not. Before the game was over, it started to rain and Sianis and the goat were ejected from the stadium at the command of Cubs owner Philip Knight Wrigley due to the animal's objectionable odor of wet goat. Sianis was outraged at the ejection and allegedly placed a curse upon the Cubs that they would never win another pennant or play in a World Series at Wrigley Field again because the Cubs organization had insulted his goat, and subsequently left the U.S. to vacation in his home in Greece. William Sianis (c. ... The Billy Goat Tavern The Billy Goat Tavern is a famous chain of taverns located in Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1934 by Greek immigrant Billy Sianis. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 5, 6, 16, 23, 42, Cobb Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Other nicknames The Bengals, The Tigs, Motor City Kitties Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Briggs Stadium (1938-1960) Navin... For the former ballpark in Los Angeles, see Wrigley Field (Los Angeles). ... Philip Knight Wrigley, sometimes also called P.K. or Phil, was the quiet son of his much more flamboyant father, William Wrigley Jr. ...


The Cubs lost Game 4 and eventually the 1945 World Series, prompting Sianis to write to Wrigley from Greece, saying, "Who stinks now?" Following a third-place finish in the National League in 1946, the Cubs would finish in the league's second division for the next 20 consecutive years. This streak finally ended in 1967, the year after Leo Durocher became the Cub's manager. Since that time, the supposedly cursed Cubs have not won a National League pennant or played in a World Series – the longest pennant drought in Major League history. Sianis died in 1970. The 1945 World Series matched the American League Detroit Tigers against the National League Chicago Cubs. ... National league can refer to: National Basketball League, in the United States and Canada, which merged with the rival Basketball Association of America to form the National Basketball Association National Football League, the major American football league in the United States National Hockey League, the major ice hockey league in... The following are the baseball events of the year 1946 throughout the world. ... First division is a term that has had various meanings, at various times, in the sport of baseball: Prior to 1961, the two major baseball leagues — the National League and the American League — contained eight teams each, and a team in first through fourth places collectively was said to stand... The following are the baseball events of the year 1967 throughout the world. ... Leo Ernest Durocher (July 27, 1905 — October 7, 1991), nicknamed Leo the Lip, was an American infielder and manager in Major League Baseball. ... National league can refer to: National Basketball League, in the United States and Canada, which merged with the rival Basketball Association of America to form the National Basketball Association National Football League, the major American football league in the United States National Hockey League, the major ice hockey league in... The following are the baseball events of the year 1970 throughout the world. ...


Attempts to break the curse

Sam Sianis, nephew of Billy Sianis, has been brought out on the field with a goat multiple times in attempts to break the curse: on Opening Day in 1984 and 1989 (the Cubs won the division both years), in 1994 to stop a home losing streak, and in 1998 for the wild card play-in game (which the Cubs won). [3]


A group of Cubs fans headed to Houston in 2003 with a Billy Goat named "Virgil Homer" and attempted to gain entrance to Minute Maid Park. After they were denied entrance, they unfurled a scroll and read a verse proclaiming they were "reversing the curse". Houston faded down the stretch allowing the Cubs to win the division that year. The Cubs came within 5 outs of the World Series in 2003, until a fan, Steve Bartman attempted to catch a foul ball, interfering with Moises Alou, who appeared in position to make the play. However, a crucial error by Alex Gonzales later in the inning prevented an inning-ending double play. The Marlins went on to score 8 runs in the inning, to lead 8-3. The Cubs lost that game and the next game to the Florida Marlins, who went on to win the World Series. Steven D. Bartman (born 1977) [1] [2] is a resident of the Chicago area, who gained notoriety on the evening of October 14, 2003, for attempting a catch of a foul pop-up in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Florida Marlins... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ...


Before the 2004 season the Steve Bartman ball was ceremonially destroyed at Harry Caray's Restaurant in Chicago. For the actor with a similar name, see Harry Carey. ...


In another bizarre twist, it was reported that a butchered goat was hanged from the Harry Caray statue on October 3, 2007, but the Sun-Times noted: "If the prankster intended to reverse the supposed billy goat curse with the stunt, it doesn't appear to have worked."[4] However, the Cubs did win the NL central title in 2007. For the actor with a similar name, see Harry Carey. ...


The cure

According to three interviews with Sam Sianis, William Sianis' nephew-in-law, the Curse of the famed Billy Goat can only be dispelled by the Chicago Cubs organization by showing a true sincere fondness for goats, allowing them into Wrigley Field because they like them, and not simply for publicity reasons.[5]


Former Cubs who won a World Series title elsewhere

Another factor that may play a role in the curse is the number of players who won World Series titles after leaving the Cubs. These players include Andy Pafko (who, coincidentally, played in the 1945 World Series as a Cub), Gene Baker, Smoky Burgess, Don Hoak, Dale Long, Lou Brock (whose first title was in 1964 after a mid-season trade to the St. Louis Cardinals), Lou Johnson, Jim Brewer, Moe Drabowsky, Don Cardwell, Ken Holtzman, Billy North, Bill Madlock, Manny Trillo, Rick Monday, Burt Hooton, Bruce Sutter, Willie Hernández, Joe Niekro, Dennis Eckersley, Joe Carter, Greg Maddux, Joe Girardi, Glenallen Hill (after his second stint with the Cubs; his title came in 2000 after he'd been traded in mid-season), Luis Gonzalez, Mike Morgan, Mark Grace, Mark Bellhorn and Bill Mueller. Dontrelle Willis and Jon Garland were traded as minor leaguers. Andy Pafko was a popular major league baseball outfielder from the early 1940s through the late 1950s. ... Gene Baker (born June 15, 1925 in Davenport, Iowa; died December 1, 1999 in Davenport, Iowa) was a Major League Baseball player. ... Forrest Harrill Smokey Burgess (February 6, 1927 - September 15, 1991) was an American catcher in Major League Baseball who became known for his ability as a pinch hitter. ... Don Hoak (1950s) Donald Albert (Don) Hoak (born February 5, 1928 in Roulette, Pennsylvania - died October 9, 1969 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was a Major League Baseball player. ... Dale Long in his rookie season - Topps baseball card - 1955 Series, #127 Richard Dale Long (February 6, 1926 - January 27, 1991) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball. ... Louis Clark Lou Brock (born June 18, 1939, El Dorado, Arkansas) is an American former player in Major League Baseball. ... The 1964 World Series, the 56th playing for the championship of Major League Baseball, pitted the National League champion St. ... The phrase Brock for Broglio is sometimes used to signify a ridicuously lopsided trade between two teams. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... Louis Brown Lou Johnson (b. ... Topps baseball card - 1964 Series, #553 James Thomas (Jim) Brewer (November 17, 1937 - November 16, 1987) was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Myron Walter Moe Drabowsky (July 21, 1935 – June 10, 2006) was a Polish-American right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago Cubs (1956-1960), Milwaukee Braves (1961), Cincinnati Reds (1962), Kansas City Athletics (1962-1965), Baltimore Orioles (1966-1968, 1970), Kansas City Royals (1969... Donald Eugene Cardwell (born December 7, 1935 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) was a Major League Baseball Pitcher from 1957 to 1970. ... Ken Holtzman was a major league baseball pitcher, mostly for the Chicago Cubs and the Oakland Athletics. ... William Alex Billy North (born May 15, 1948 in Seattle, Washington) is a former Major League Baseball switch hitter. ... Bill Madlock, Jr. ... Jesús Manuel Marcano Manny Trillo (born December 25, 1950), also nicknamed Indio, is a former Major League Baseball second baseman who played for the Oakland Athletics (1973-74), Chicago Cubs (1975-78, 1986-88), Philadelphia Phillies (1979-82), Cleveland Indians (1983), Montreal Expos (1983), San Francisco Giants (1984-85... Robert James (Rick) Monday, Jr. ... Burt Carlton Hooton (born February 7, 1950 in Greenville, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who played for the Chicago Cubs (1971_75), Los Angeles Dodgers (1975-84) and Texas Rangers (1985). ... Howard Bruce Sutter (born January 8, 1953 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) (last name is pronounced with a long U, i. ... Hernandez pitching for the Tigers Guillermo Hernandez Villanueva (Willie Hernández) (born November 14, 1954 in Aguada, Puerto Rico) is a former relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs (1977-1983), Philadelphia Phillies (End of 1983), and the Detroit Tigers (1984-1989). ... Joseph Franklin Niekro (November 7, 1944 – October 27, 2006) was an American starting pitcher in Major League Baseball, the younger brother of Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro, and the father of first baseman Lance Niekro. ... Dennis Lee Eckersley (born October 3, 1954 in Oakland, California), nicknamed Eck, was a Major League Baseball player elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004 (his first year of eligibility). ... For others with similar names, see Joseph Carter (disambiguation). ... Gregory Alan Maddux (born April 14, 1966) is a pitcher for the San Diego Padres. ... Joseph Elliot Girardi (born October 14, 1964 in Peoria, Illinois) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball, for the Chicago Cubs, the Colorado Rockies, New York Yankees, and St. ... Glenallen Hill (born March 22, 1965 in Santa Cruz, California) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for 13 seasons. ... Dates October 21, 2000–October 26, 2000 MVP Derek Jeter (New York Yankees) Television network FOX Announcers Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, and Bob Brenly Umpires Ed Montague, Jerry Crawford, Tim McClelland, Tim Welke, Charlie Reliford, Jeff Kellogg MTA logo for the 2000 Subway Series. ... For other persons named Luis González, see Luis González (disambiguation). ... Michael Thomas Morgan was an American professional baseball player who competed for twelve different Major League Baseball teams from 1978-2002. ... Mark Eugene Grace (born June 28, 1964 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is a former Major League Baseball player for 16 seasons with the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks. ... Mark Christian Bellhorn (born August 23, 1974 in Weymouth, Massachusetts) is a second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds. ... William Richard Mueller [MILL-er] (born March 17, 1971) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman. ... Dontrelle Wayne Willis (born January 12, 1982, in Oakland, California), nicknamed The D-Train, is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. ... Jon Steven Garland (born September 27, 1979 in Valencia, California) is a right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox. ...


Former Cubs cursing other teams

Main article: Ex-Cubs Factor

Conversely, the "Ex-Cubs Factor" seemed to plague many a post-season qualifier that had too many former Cubs. This theory reached its zenith in 1990, when the factor "predicted" that the Oakland Athletics were "doomed" in that year's World Series, and the A's were swept by the Cincinnati Reds in a stunning upset (coincidentally, then Reds manager, Lou Pinella, is now the Chicago Cubs manager) . In the 2001 World Series, however, the Arizona Diamondbacks faced the Yankees with three ex-Cubs on their roster, and not only won the Series in dramatic fashion, but won it on a rally started by Mark Grace, an ex-Cub, effectively discrediting the "Ex-Cubs" theory. The Ex-Cubs Factor is a seemingly spurious correlation that is essentially a corollary to the Curse of the Billy Goat. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1990 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Other nicknames The As, The White Elephants, The... Dates: October 16, 1990–October 20, 1990 MVP: Jose Rijo (Cincinnati) Television: CBS Announcers: Jack Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires: Frank Pulli (NL), Ted Hendry (AL), Jim Quick (NL), Rocky Roe (AL), Randy Marsh (NL), Larry Barnett (AL: Games 1 and 2), Bruce Froemming (NL: Games 3 and 4) ALCS... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Other nicknames The Redlegs, The Big Red Machine... See also Cincinnati Reds Reds is a 1981 movie starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton. ... Lou Piniella (born August 28, 1943 in Tampa, Florida) is a former Major League Baseball player and current manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Dates October 27, 2001–November 4, 2001 MVP Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling (Arizona) Television network FOX Announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires Steve Rippley, Dana DeMuth, Dale Scott, Mark Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce, Ed Rapuano The 2001 World Series (the November Series) took place between the Arizona Diamondbacks and... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) West Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-backs, The Snakes Ballpark Chase Field (1998–present) a. ...


Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, who was blamed for Boston's 1986 World Series loss after a routine ground ball rolled through his legs, was also a former Cub. It has been recently uncovered that at the time of the play (and in many other instances), Buckner was wearing an old and tattered Chicago Cubs batting glove under his fielding glove. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... For the pitcher who currently plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks, see Billy Buckner. ... Dates October 18, 1986–October 25, 1986 MVP Ray Knight (New York) Television network NBC Announcers Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola Umpires John Kibler (NL), Jim Evans (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Joe Brinkman (AL), Ed Montague (NL), Dale Ford (AL) The 1986 World Series, the 83rd playing of the modern championship...


Former Cub pitcher Mike Krukow (who went on to play for the San Francisco Giants and is currently a broadcaster for them) is alleged to be the source of the legendary "Krukow Kurse". The "Krukow Kurse" is used to explain the Giants' fifty-plus year failure to win the World Series while in San Francisco. Before the start of each season, Krukow states his usual optimistic prediction- during his radio show-that the Giants have a chance to ultimately win the World Series. Once Krukow stops making such preseason predictions- says the legend- the Giants will, in fact, win the World Series. Michael Edward (Mike) Krukow (born January 21, 1952 in Long Beach, California) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–85) Other nicknames The Jints, The Gigantes, The G... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... For other meanings of the word giant, see Giant (disambiguation) Giants are humanoid creatures of prodigious size and strength, a type of legendary monster that appear in the tales of many different races and cultures. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... For other meanings of the word giant, see Giant (disambiguation) Giants are humanoid creatures of prodigious size and strength, a type of legendary monster that appear in the tales of many different races and cultures. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ...


Another former Cub, Mitch Williams, also suffered from the World Series heartbreak in 1993, when he gave up a legendary walk-off home run to Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning of Game 6, handing the World Championship to Toronto. Williams would then play for the Houston Astros, who missed a possible chance to win the NL pennant due to the 1994 strike. Coincidentally, Carter was also a former Cub, but he and Williams had not been teammates in Chicago. Mitchell Steven Williams (born November 17, 1964, in Santa Ana, California) was a baseball relief pitcher who appeared for six teams in Major League Baseball from 1986 to 1997. ... Dates October 16, 1993–October 23, 1993 MVP Paul Molitor (Toronto) Television network CBS & Simulcast in Canada on CTV Announcers Sean McDonough, Tim McCarver Umpires Dave Phillips (AL), Paul Runge (NL), Tim McClelland (AL), Charlie Williams (NL), Mark Johnson (AL), Dana DeMuth (NL) The 1993 World Series was the second... In baseball, a walk-off home run is a home run which ends the game. ... For others with similar names, see Joseph Carter (disambiguation). ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Other nicknames The Jays Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989–present) Formerly named SkyDome (1989-2005) Exhibition Stadium (1977-1989) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1992 â€¢ 1993 AL...


Other sports curses

See also: Sports-related curses
  • The other "cursed" team in Major League Baseball, the Boston Red Sox, also came within five outs of reaching the 2003 World Series. The following season, however, the Red Sox were able to first defeat the Yankees after falling three games behind, and then sweep the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series as well as the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 World Series. For more details, see Curse of the Bambino.
  • The Cubs' crosstown rivals, the Chicago White Sox were under the "Curse of the Black Sox" before breaking it by beating the Houston Astros in the 2005 World Series, one year after the Red Sox's victory.
  • In addition, all of the sports teams of Philadelphia have been characterized as being under a curse since the mid 1980s; for more details on this subject, see Curse of Billy Penn.
  • Similar to Philadelphia's dilemma, all sports teams based in Houston have been characterized as being under a curse or experiencing bad luck when being close to a championship since the 1960s. This bad luck ended in the mid-90s with two consecutive NBA championship wins by the Houston Rockets. Although due to recent failures of Houston teams some say their misfortunes may have returned.
  • Japanese baseball team Hanshin Tigers is said to suffer from the Curse of the Colonel.
  • The City of Cleveland, despite the Cubs' woes, has been named the most cursed sports town in the United States. The last time a Cleveland sports team has won a championship was in 1964 when the Browns won the NFL Championship. The Cleveland Indians have not won a championship since 1948 and the Cavaliers have yet to win a championship. The Tribe still suffers under the "Curse of Rocky Colavito" despite two championship appearances and a domination of the Central Division in the 1990s.
  • San Diego is among the most cursed cities in sports in that not one professional or collegiate team from the city or county has won a championship since the San Diego Chargers winning the AFL Championship in 1963. Additionally, other teams that have played in San Diego, such as the San Diego Rockets and San Diego Clippers have not won any championships (at least while located there). Both NBA teams have lasted a short time and have since moved to other cities respectively.
  • In 1958 Bobby Layne was traded from the Detroit Lions to the Pittsburgh Steelers, it is rumored that he cursed the Lions by saying, "They won't win again for 50 years" The Lions have had only 1 playoff win since 1958.
  • The Brooklyn Dodgers have won one world series in all their time in New York, while the New York Baseball Giants have won five world series. Since both teams moved to California, the Dodgers have won five, while the Giants have not won a title despite three world series attempts in 1962, 1989, and 2002. The Dodgers, however, have not won a NLCS since 1988, the last time they won a World Series.

A sports-related curse is the effective action of some power or evil, that is used to explain the failures or misfortunes of specific sports teams, players, or even cities. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... Dates October 18, 2003–October 25, 2003 MVP Josh Beckett (Florida) Television network FOX Announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires Randy Marsh, Tim Welke, Larry Young, Ed Rapuano, Jeff Kellogg, Gary Darling The 2003 World Series marked the 99th baseball World Series event. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... The St. ... Dates October 23, 2004–October 27, 2004 MVP Manny Ramírez (Boston) Television network Fox Announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires Ed Montague (Crew Chief), Dale Scott, Brian Gorman, Chuck Meriwether, Gerry Davis, Charlie Reliford The 2004 World Series represented the 100th time two modern Major League Baseball teams... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rocks, The Rox, Blake Street Bombers, Hurdles Heroes. ... Dates: October 24 – October 28, 2007 MVP: Mike Lowell Television: FOX (U.S.), RSN (Canada), NASN (Europe), ESPN Latin America Announcers: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires: Ed Montague, Laz Díaz, Ted Barrett, Chuck Meriwether, Mike Everitt, Mike Reilly[1] ALCS: Boston Red Sox def. ... Babe Ruth — The Bambino The Curse of the Bambino (1918-2004) was a superstition cited, often jokingly, as a reason for the failure of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to win the World Series in the 86 year period from 1918 until 2004. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72 Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) (Chicago) White Stockings (1901-1903 *From 1900 to 1903, the official name did not contain the city name of Chicago... The 1919 World Series was played between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... Dates: October 22, 2005–October 26, 2005 MVP: Jermaine Dye (Chicago) Television: FOX Announcers: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires: Joe West, Jeff Nelson, Jerry Layne, Derryl Cousins, Gary Cederstrom, Angel Hernandez ALCS: Chicago White Sox over Los Angeles Angels (4-1) NLCS: Houston Astros over St. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... The Curse of William Penn is an alleged curse, sometimes used to explain the failure of professional sports teams based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to win championships since the March 1987 construction of the One Liberty Place skyscraper, which exceeded the height of William Penns statue atop Philadelphia City Hall. ... Houston redirects here. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Part of the History of baseball series. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Colonel Sanders statue in front of KFC in Japan Curse of the Colonel ) refers to an urban legend regarding a reputed curse placed on the Japanese Kansai-based Hanshin Tigers baseball team by deceased KFC founder and mascot Colonel Harland Sanders. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The Curse of Rocky Colavito (curse supposedly began in 1960) is a phenomenon that supposedly prevented the Cleveland Indians baseball team from winning a World Series, or an American League pennant, or reaching postseason play, or even getting into a pennant race, following the 1960 trade of right fielder Rocky... Flag Seal Nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates , Government County San Diego Mayor City Attorney         City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Jerry Sanders (R) Michael Aguirre Scott Peters Kevin... Chargers redirects here. ... From 1960 to 1968, the American Football League determined its champion via a single playoff game between the winners of its two divisions. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... Flag Seal Nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates , Government County San Diego Mayor City Attorney         City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Jerry Sanders (R) Michael Aguirre Scott Peters Kevin... The Houston Rockets are a National Basketball Association team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Los Angeles Clippers are a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Robert Lawrence Layne was born December 19, 1926, in Santa Ana, Texas. ... The Brooklyn Dodgers were a Major League Baseball team that played from 1890-1957. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Ballpark AT&T Park (2006–present) a. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... NLCS can refer to different things: North London Collegiate School, a girls school in North London. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ...

Other cultural references

  • Sufjan Stevens recorded an album about Illinois and included a goat on its cover in reference to this legend.
  • Philadelphia based musician Chuck Brodsky has written and recorded a song, The Curse of the Billy Goat on his 2006 album Tulips For Lunch.
  • Chicago wrestler Colt Cabana named one of his finishers, an inverted Boston crab, the "Billy Goat's Curse".
  • In the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II a news announcement is made in 2015 that the Cubs have won the World Series.

Sufjan Stevens (IPA pronunciation: ) (born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Petosky, Michigan. ... Illinois (pronounced or ill-i-NOY), also known as Come on feel the Illinoise, is a 2005 concept album by American songwriter Sufjan Stevens, with songs referencing places and people related to the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Chuck Brodsky. ... Scott Colton (born May 6, 1980 in Deerfield, Illinois), better known by his ring name Colt Cabana, is a professional wrestler currently under a developmental deal with World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Boston crab The Boston crab is a professional wrestling hold that typically starts with the opponent laying back-first on the mat, with the wrestler standing and facing them. ... Back to the Future Part II is a 1989 film and the first sequel to the 1985 film Back to the Future. ...

Notes

  1. ^ *"The Curse of The Billy Goat". February 27, 2004. Retrieved on October 18, 2006.
  2. ^ a b *"Da Curse of the Billy Goat...The Chicago Cubs, Pennant Races and Curses" - Chapter 1 - Enter the Goat. Retrieved October 18, 2006
  3. ^ World Famous Billy Goat Tavern & Grill - Our History
  4. ^ Toomey, Shamus. "Dead goat hung from Harry statue", Chicago Sun-Times, October 6, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-10-06. 
  5. ^ *Article "The Curse of The Billy Goat". February 27, 2004. Retrieved on October 18, 2006.
Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

 
 

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