The goat vs. the Bambino
Chicago, also known as the Windy City, has a population of about 2 million people and is located in Illinois. There they are home to the beloved Chicago Cubs. Boston, also known as Beantown, consists of a population of nearly 600,000 people and is located in Massachusetts. They are home to the beloved Boston Red Sox. Both these cities have interesting nicknames but other interesting similarities as well. Not only are these cities gifted historically in having the oldest stadiums in the National League and American League, but they are also gifted with a dreadful curse. For Chicago their curse is a goat while for Boston their curse is the Bambino. These curses have haunted these two professional baseball teams for over a century. Both baseball teams are similar in that each team was at one point cursed. In the fall of 1945, a man named William Sianis attempted to bring a goat named Murphy to Wrigley Field during game four of the World Series. Since there were no signs that banned animals in the park William decided to bring Murphy the goat along. So there at the game, Sianis bought two tickets - one for him and one for Murphy. It wasn't until late in the game that they were asked to leave. The order came directly from the Cubs owner Mr. Wrigley telling them both to go because “the goat stinks.” Disgusted, Sianis left and was heard saying, “The Cubs ain’t gonna win no more. The Cubs will never win a World Series so long as the goat is not allowed in Wrigley Field.” Ever since that curse, the Cubs have never played in another World Series. In 1918, the Boston Red Sox won their fifth World Series due in a big part to George Herman Ruth, also known as The Bambino. In 1920, however, Boston's owner Harry Frazee needed money to finance his girlfriend’s play. On January 6, 1920, Frazee traded Ruth to the New York Yankees for $100,000. Ever since that trade took place between Boston...
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