The Billy Goat Curse: Losing and Superstition in Cubs Baseball Since World War II

The Billy Goat Curse: Losing and Superstition in Cubs Baseball Since World War II

by Gil Bogen
     
 

In 1945 the most famous curse in sports was placed on the Chicago Cubs when Bill Sianis and his goat were ejected from Wrigley Field. Though Sianis purchased two tickets for the fourth game of the World Series against Detroit, the goat's stench led to the pair's ouster. The indignant Sianis allegedly cursed the Cubs, promising that they'd never again play in the

Overview

In 1945 the most famous curse in sports was placed on the Chicago Cubs when Bill Sianis and his goat were ejected from Wrigley Field. Though Sianis purchased two tickets for the fourth game of the World Series against Detroit, the goat's stench led to the pair's ouster. The indignant Sianis allegedly cursed the Cubs, promising that they'd never again play in the World Series at Wrigley Field.

More than six decades later, the team has yet to win a pennant. There were years when fortune seemed to pluck defeat from the wings of sure victory. The book focuses on the attitudes of players and fans, as well as attempts to exorcise the curse. It features photographs and interviews of former Cub players, as well as a foreword by Hall of Fame shortstop Ernie Banks.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786433544
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
12/17/2008
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
703,170
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

SABR member Gil Bogen is a retired psychiatrist. He is the author of several books about the Chicago Cubs and Cubs players. He lives in Delray Beach, Florida.

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