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Published On: Tue, Oct 25th, 2016

Cubs vs Indians: History Will be Made and a Baseball Curse Will be Broken

It’s that time of year sports fans, where multiple major league sports are in full affect. Football is in full force across all spectrums, hockey is getting their season underway, and baseball is wrapping up theirs.

What makes this year unique is that we will be witnessing history being made in baseball.

Two teams who haven’t reached the World Series in decades, one of whom hasn’t won the Commissioner’s Trophy in over a century, are facing off this week. Then there is the subject of both teams being cursed.

The Chicago Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908, and their last Pennant appearance was in 1945. Die-hard Cubs fans believe that a goat may have something to do with their losing ways.

The Billy Goat curse and the Chicago Cubs dates back decades, but a severed goat's head showing up a Wrigley now has the police investigating the likely prank photo screenshot of History Channel video

The Billy Goat curse and the Chicago Cubs dates back decades, but a severed goat’s head showing up a Wrigley now has the police investigating the likely prank photo screenshot of History Channel video

In 1945 a gentleman by the name of Billy Sianis and his goat were at Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs play the Detroit Tigers in game 4 of the World Series.  After multiple complaints about his goat, Billy was asked to leave the stadium. In a fit of rage, he yelled “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.”

The Cubs went on to lose the game and the World Series that year, and have yet to return to baseballs elite match.

The Cleveland Indians haven’t won the World Series 1948, and their last Pennant win was in 1954.

Indian fans believe that their curse is from a wrongful trade of right fielder Rocky Colavito by general manager Frank Lane. With 42 home runs and a batting average of .353, Rocky was one of their most productive players.

Rocky denies ever placing a curse on the team, or any involvement with their losing ways, but many fans place blame on this significant trade by Lane. Their curse is a little more urban legend though, because Lane traded 40 players over a two year span, causing the team to greatly suffer.

The Indians have had some success as of late, making it to the World Series twice since the curse (1995, 1997), but were unsuccessful in bringing home the Commissioner’s Trophy.

Even if baseball is not the first sport you put on in the evenings, you can’t help but be intrigued by the history being made. This promises to be a great match up against to legendary teams.

Author: Danielle Harding

 

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