The Billy Goat Curse

Losing and Superstition in Cubs Baseball Since World War II


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About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

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.

Bibliographic Details

Gil Bogen
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 228
Bibliographic Info: 41 photos, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3354-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Foreword by Ernie Banks      1

Introduction      3

1. The Glory Years      9

2. “Billy Goat” Sianis      28

3. Enter the Goat      36

4. Curse of the Goat      42

5. Disasters ad Infinitum      59

6. Miracle Mets      67

7. A Stunning Collapse      76

8. Running Out of Gas      79

9. Managers Coming and Going      88

10. Hello, Mr. Frey      91

11. Goodbye, Mr. Frey      103

12. Just Plain Bad      113

13. Those Wild, Crazy Cubs      119

14. The Curse Lives On      128

15. As Bad as Usual      141

16. It Never Ends      149

17. Curses and Beyond      152

18. The Kiss of Death      155

19. Wackiest Guys on Earth      159

20. Losing Stinks      162

21. Looking Back      166

22. Righting the Cubs’ Ship      168

23. A Winning Attitude      170

24. A Winning Manager      173

25. Breaking the Curse      175

26. Play Ball      180

Conclusion      189

Chapter Notes      191

Bibliography      201

Index      209

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