Who Smells Now
The Detroit Tigers met and beat the Chicago Cubs in the 1945 World Series. This was the Series that would become known for Cub fans as the “Curse of the Billy Goat.” William Sianis, a Greek immigrant, owned a bar near Wrigley Field, in Chicago. He purchased the bar in the 1930’s, when it was originally called the Lincoln Tavern. One day, a goat fell off the back of a passing truck carrying livestock, and the goat wandered into the bar. Sianis considered this good luck and adopted the goat and named him Murphy. He also grew a goatee and changed the name of his bar to “The Billy Goat Tavern.” William was also a rabid Cubs fan. Sianis purchased two tickets to Game four of the 1945 World Series against the Detroit Tigers to be played at Wrigley, one ticket for him and one for Murphy, his pet goat. Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Virgil Trucks witnessed the entire event that day. “They actually got in before game time, and Sianis paraded his goat around the infield. He had a sign attached to Murphy that said, ‘We’ve got Detroit’s Goat,’” laughed Trucks. “Ushers escorted him out of the park and Sianis got upset. He asked that the ushers speak directly to Cubs’ owner P. K. Wrigley. Wrigley said Sianis could stay, but the goat could not. When Sianis asked why not, Wrigley responded that the goat smelled,” stated Trucks. Well, William then proceeded to cast a spell on the Cubs saying “The Cubs will never win a World Series.” After the Cubs lost to Detroit, Sianis sent Wrigley a telegram that said, “Who smells now?” To this day the curse stills hold true.