Curse of the Billy Goat

Cubs and Indians play Game 7 of the 2016 World Series

Sports curse that was supposedly placed on the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball franchise in 1945, by Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis.

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2016 National League Championship Series

Best-of-seven playoff in which the Chicago Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers for the National League pennant and the right to play in the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians.

The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in the World Series in seven games, after overcoming a 3–1 series deficit, winning their first World Series championship in 108 years, ending the Curse of the Billy Goat.

Billy Goat Tavern

Chain of taverns located in Chicago, Illinois.

Sign inside the tavern
Door to the tavern

Its restaurants are based on the original Billy Goat Tavern founded in 1934 by Billy Sianis, a Greek immigrant.

1918 World Series

The 1918 World Series featured the Boston Red Sox, who defeated the Chicago Cubs four games to two.

Babe Ruth in 1918

The Cubs, who last won in, won the National League but lost the Series in 1918, , , , , and , allegedly stymied by the infamous Curse of the Billy Goat imposed during that latter Series.

2003 National League Championship Series

Major League Baseball playoff series played from October 7 to 15 to determine the champion of the National League, between the Central Division champion Chicago Cubs and the wild-card qualifying Florida Marlins.

There were some odd events leading up to the disastrous 8th inning that many Cubs fans call bad omens of The Curse of the Billy Goat, which most notably include Bernie Mac altering "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" from "root for the Cubbies" to "root for the champs."

Mike Royko

American newspaper columnist from Chicago.

c. Early 1970s

Through his columns, Royko helped make his favorite after-work bar, the Billy Goat Tavern, famous, and popularized the curse of the Billy Goat.

1984 National League Championship Series

Played between the San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs from October 2 to 7.

Cub-Busters T-shirts were popular with Padres fans.

Chicago took a 2–0 lead in the series, but San Diego prevailed after rebounding to win three straight, which contributed to the popular mythology of the "Curse of the Billy Goat" on the Cubs.

Miami Marlins

American professional baseball team based in Miami.

Hall of Famer, Satchel Paige pitched for Miami Marlins (AAA) from 1956 to 1958
Miami Marlins' primary logo (2012–2018)
Tony Taylor in the original uniforms of the 1990s
Shaking hands with manager Jack McKeon, President George W. Bush hosts a visit by the 2003 World Series Champions, the Florida Marlins, to the White House Friday, Jan. 23, 2004.
Dee Gordon, infielder
José Fernández, pitcher
Dontrelle Willis, pitcher
Gary Sheffield
Marlins Mermaids on June 19, 2009
The Marlins' former home at what was then Dolphin Stadium was primarily a football stadium (1993–2011)
First pitch at Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins, which held its first Major League game on April 4, 2012, between the Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals.

The incident with Steve Bartman and a come-from-behind win in Wrigley Field in Game 7 helped the Marlins capture their second NL pennant, keeping the "Curse of the Billy Goat" alive and well.

Back to the Future Part II

1989 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis from a screenplay by Bob Gale and a story by both.

Theatrical release poster by Drew Struzan
Stars of the film include (l–r, top row) Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, (bottom row) Thomas F. Wilson, Elisabeth Shue and Jeffrey Weissman
Crispin Glover (pictured in 2012) did not reprise his role as George McFly in Back to the Future Part II, and was replaced by Jeffrey Weissman.
Claudia Wells' scene at the end of Back to the Future (top) was reshot with Elisabeth Shue for the beginning of Part II (bottom).

In the 2015 scene, the film imagines the Chicago Cubs winning the 2015 World Series against the fictional Miami-based Gators, referring to the Cubs' longstanding failure to win a championship.

Leon Durham

American former first baseman and outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for 10 seasons.

Some Cub fans believe the Gatorade spilled on Durham's glove amounted to a curse, similar to the goat and Bartman curses of Cub lore.

Steve Bartman incident

Controversial play that occurred during a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Florida Marlins on October 14, 2003, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, during Major League Baseball's 2003 postseason.

Fan Steve Bartman and Moisés Alou both attempt to catch the foul ball
Steve Bartman seat, Aisle 4, Row 8, Seat 113.

He faced further harassment from fans and the media after the Cubs' loss in the series, as he was scapegoated for the continuation of the team's then 95-year championship drought.