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

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. Over 60 years later, the team has yet to win a pennant, even in years when fortune seemed to pluck defeat from the wings ...

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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. Over 60 years later, the team has yet to win a pennant, even in 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: 232
  • 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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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    Billy Goat Curse

    Billy Goat's Curse is an interesting tale, much in the same way as It's A Wonderful Life, where the Chicago Cubs, cursed since 1945, have a chance to break the curse, which ocurred when Murphy, the goat of a local saloon owner, was kicked out of Wrigley Field. The Cubs haven't won since.

    This book is a quick read, and is a story that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. It mixes history and fiction in a way that allows the story to flow smoothly.

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