It’s their year! The Chicago Cubs shocked and delighted sports fans when they broke a 71-year old ‘curse’, making it to the World Series for the first time since 1945 on Oct. 22. But just what is this ‘curse’? We break it down with the five things you need to know about the beloved baseball team, here.
1. They hadn’t made it to a World Series since 1945.
The Chicago Cubs made history when they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers on Oct. 22 to make it to their first World Series since 1945. Next up, they will face off against the Cleveland Indians. The competition will be fierce, since the Indians are actually the American League champions.
2. The Curse Of The Billy Goat has long been blamed for the Cubs’ losses.
Legend has it that in 1945, local Chicago tavern owner William Sianis brought his goat, Murphy, to Game 4 of the World Series and was either rejected at the door, or was later thrown out of Wrigley Stadium because of the goat’s stench. William got angry and placed a curse on the Cubs. Interestingly, William never confirmed whether he actually did this or not.
3. Steve Bartman was blamed for the Cubs’ crushing 2003 defeat.
In 2003, during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, Steve Bartman was sitting in Wrigley Field while the Cubs played the Marlins. They were just five outs away from making it to the World Series, but then Steve reached out for a foul ball and accidentally tipped it away from the clutches of Cubs outfielder Moises Alou. The Marlins won, and fans immediately blamed Steve for their loss.
4. The team was originally called the White Stockings.
Before they became the Chicago Cubs, the team’s original name was the White Stockings. They were a founding member of the National League in 1876, later becoming the Chicago Cubs inIn 1903.
5. They’re also known as the North Siders.
The Cubs are also known as the North Siders. What exactly does this refer to? The Cubs’ Wrigley Field is on the North side of the city, opposite of their South side rivals, the White Sox.
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