Theodore Roosevelt was President of the United States when the Cubs last won the World Series on October 14, 1908, defeating the Detroit Tigers 2-0. Just barely within human memory, about one hundred Americans are still alive now who were alive then. It was the second World Series win for the Cubs, their first being the year before in 1907. Why the Cubs have had this championship drought, other than bad ball playing, has been a matter of much speculation. The most popular explanation is the Curse of the Billy Goat.
In 1945 Billy Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern, was attending game four of the World Series being held in Wrigley Field, once again the Chicago Cubs facing the Detroit Tigers. This being Chicago where odd characters are as common as blustery politicians, he brought his pet goat Murphy with him to the game. Other patrons complained that the goat stank. Sianis was thrown out. As he was leaving Sianis was heard to say,“Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more!”.
When the Cubs lost the series, Sianis sent a telegram to P.K. Wrigley, the owner of the Cubs: “Who stinks now?” Continue Reading