Cubs Curse

Of all of the baseball teams, it seems like the Cubs have the worst "curses". From the curse of the Billy Goat, 108 years without a World Series victory, the 1969 black cat incident and Steve Bartman, the Cubs will be known as a heavyweight in the history of sports curses.

1908

The Cubs 1908 World Series victory was a bit tainted due to the September 23rd game that was declared a tie even though it should have been a Giants victory.  A Cubs victory on the last day of the season, the replay of this 9/23 game, put the Cubs in the World Series. 


1908 Cubs World Series

1945

October 6, 1945

"The Curse of the Billy Goat"

Billy Sianis was turned away from the Cubs Tigers World Series game when he tried to bring a goat into the stadium. The story goes that Sianis was so mad that he set a curse on the Cubs, coincidently (or maybe not so coincidentally), the Cubs had not returned to the World Series until 2016.  



Chicago Cubs 1945 World Series

1969

The day was September 9, 1969. The Cubs lead of 1 1/2 games in the division was fading quickly and after this incident, the Cubs faded even further as they watched the "Miracle Mets" go on to win the 1969 World Series.

Fergie Jenkins is interviewed on MLB channel's Studio 42 and discusses being one of those players in the dugout at the time when a black cat came onto the field at Shae Stadium.






Chicago Cubs 1984

The Cubs Curse really seemed to become even more legendary after the 1984 Cubs season ended.

the Cubs had a great season, Dallas Green had transformed the team into one of the best in all of baseball by making many trades, including picking up Rick Sutcliffe in the middle of the season.  Sutcliffe won 16 of his 17 decisions with the Cubs on his way to winning the National League Cy Young Award.  He started the first game of the series, the first playoff game for the Cubs since 1945 (39 years) and the Cubs demolished the Padres 13-0.  Cubs fans were thinking World Series even more after winning the 2nd game of the series, leaving them just one victory short of going to the World Series.  But, when the series moved to San Diego, the Padres took the next 2 games.  Leon Durham was a very good player with the Cubs, but his crucial error in the 7th inning helped the Padres tie the game, the Padres took the lead and went to the World Series instead. 



Sutcliffe not only pitched well, but he hit a home run in Game 1. Cubs fans were hopeful



When Leon Durham let the ball go right between his legs, Cubs fans were cursed again!!!!


2003

Bartman

October 14, 2003. Some Cub fans may need to turn their head for this one.

Game 6, National League divisional series, Cubs lead the Marlins 3 to 0 in this game and lead the series 3 games to 2. 5 outs from the World Series. Luis Castillo lifts a short fly ball into the left field corner of the stands. Moises Alou heads toward the wall, gets ready to time his leap to catch the ball that is heading towards the first row while a guy with glasses, headphones and a sweater is also going after the ball. Alou is unable to catch the ball, gesturing towards the fan who prevented him from catching the ball and slamming his hands down. From that point, the inning got way out of hand. Alex Gonzalez drops a routine double play ball and the Marlins get 8 runs in that 8th inning to help them take game 6, defeat Kerry Wood and the Cubs in game 7 on their way to their 2nd World Series Championship. The ball was auctioned off and ultimately destroyed in a ceremony at Harry Carey's restaurant in Chicago, but alas the Cubs had not gotten that close to the World Series until 2016..

ESPN did a great job of replaying the incident. There are 10 You Tube clips of the "Bartman incident". I thought this part (#4) breaks down what happened very well which includes interviews of a few people in the stands near Steve Bartman.


2016

The Curse is Reversed!!!!

Cubs Win the World Series!!!!!!!!!

The 2016 World Series was an amazing roller coaster ride.  At many moments, it seemed like the long history of Cubs mishaps may get in the way again, but this team led by Joe Maddon and many young, talented players wouldn't quit and took the final game 7 into extra innings to finally break through and win their first World Series Championship in 108 years. 

Here is a great 4 minute video clip of the exciting Game 7 of the World Series and the Cubs rally two days later (yes, I was there). 






Cubs World Series History