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The Curse of the Goat

Tuesday night was the start of the Major League Baseball playoffs, with the first one game wildcard playoff. In the National League, the Chicago Cubs have made it back to the playoffs. So,there’s always hope for Cubs fans this year as well as a look back at history. That brings me to the curse of the Billy Goat.


As the story goes, in 1945, Billy Goat Tavern owner (Wiki story) Billy Sianis took his goat to a  Cubs/Tigers World Series game at Wrigley Field. He had purchased two tickets for the game. One for him and one for the goat.

This was a special goat to him because he had found the goat after it fell off the back of a truck. He nursed it back to health and named it Murphy. Soon, he renamed his tavern The Billy Goat Tavern and the name and the goat brought him a great deal of attention, including many personalities and players to his tavern.

So, he brought the goat as an advertising attention-grabber to the World Series game and was allowed to parade it around the field while wearing a sign We Got Detroit’s Goat.

He and Murphy remained in their seats until the fourth inning. That’s when security told him that fans were complaining because of the goat’s objectionable odor and he was asked to leave.  According to some accounts, Sianis was enraged. As he and Murphy left the game, he hollered, Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.

His family claims that the next day, he sent a telegram to Cubs owner Philip K. Wrigley which read, You are going to lose this World Series and you are never going to win another World Series again because you insulted my goat. At the time, the Cubs were up 2 games to 1; In fact, they went on to lose that World Series and have never made it back to a World Series since.

Many Cubs fans blame their team’s misfortune on this curse and have done many things in an attempt to lift the curse. That includes bringing the nephew of Billy Sianis to Wrigley field with a goat, and even doing such crazy things as hanging a goat’s butchered head from statues at the stadium.

Now, according to the nephew, the curse can only be lifted if the Chicago Cubs organization decides to show a sincere fondness for goats; allowing them into Wrigley Field because they genuinely want to, and not simply for publicity purposes.

I once had a client, who was my client for 5 different cases. For cases 2-5, she wasn’t even driving.  In each case, her injuries and medical bills  were greater  than the previous crash; but her emotional damages became even worse.  By the 4th crash, she truly believed  that she was cursed on the highway and ended up moving to Franklin, Virginia, to get away from traffic. Unfortunately, she still had a 5th case because of a crash involving a van that was taking her to the airport.

I don’t believe in curses. She didn’t need an Eye of Newt mixed with a Lizard’s Leg potion. I did tell her that it seemed that she had a target painted on those vehicles. Fortunately, I haven’t heard from her in a while, so hopefully she is now doing well.

I don’t believe in that goat’s curse either. But, I still will be curious to find out the Cubs game score when I wake up on Thursday morning.IMG_0332

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