Steve Bartman's fan interferance during the 2003 NLCS is the most dramatic example of how the Curse of the Billy Goat lives on. Photo Credit: TheArchNemesis.com
For all the many playoff superstitions that help teams win, some of the most famous playoff superstitions keep teams losing.
The Chicago Cubs are still searching for their first World Series title since 1908, a drought for which many fans blame the "Curse of the Billy Goat."
As legend has it, local tavern owner Billy Sianis brought his goat to Game 4 of the 1945 World Series. The Cubs owner had Sianis and his goat ejected from the ball park during the game. Sianis responded by verbally cursing the Cubs, proclaiming they would never win another pennant or play in another World Series at Wrigley Field again.
On the south side of Chicago, the "Curse of the Black Sox" is the spell blamed for the Chicago White Sox's 90-year World Series drought. The curse dates back to 1919 when the White Sox threw the World Series in exchange for payments from gambling. Chicago finally broke the curse in 2005 when it defeated the Houston Astros in the Fall Classic.
"The Curse of the Bambino" was blamed for the Boston Red Sox's 86-year title drought. This curse dates back to 1920, when the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. This curse's source began one year after the Curse of the Black Sox, but it ended one year earlier when Boston swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2004 World Series.
What are your favorite MLB postseason superstitions? Do you have any superstitions of your own? Let's hear about them in the comments.
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