Chicago Cubs: Cursed or Karma?

Michael MedearisCorrespondent IApril 21, 2008

We all know the story of the 1919 Chicago White Sox, and there throwing of the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.  But were they following the examples of their cross town rivals?

A newly found affidavit from the 1920 Grand Jury hearings has claims that the Chicago Cubs may have thrown the 1918 World Series against the Boston Red Sox, as was written by Sean Deveney on

"Now, it cannot be said for certain that gamblers got to the '18 Cubs. But Eddie Cicotte, pitcher and one of the eight White Sox outcasts from the '19 World Series, did say in a newly found affidavit he gave to the 1920 Cook County grand jury that the Cubs influenced the Black Sox. Cicotte said the notion of throwing a World Series first came up when the White Sox were on a train to New York. The team was discussing the previous year's World Series, which had been fixed, according to players. Some members of the Sox tried to figure how many players it would take to throw a Series. From that conversation, Cicotte said, a scandal was born.

"The Cubs were 84-45 that year and serious favorites. Cicotte is not alone in suggesting they had been paid off. The lost diary of Charles Comiskey's righthand man, Harry Grabiner, supposedly indicates that the 1918 World Series was fixed. The reporting of baseball columnist Hugh Fullerton—the man who eventually blew the whistle on baseball's gambling problem—also suggested that something was afoul in 1918. Fullerton's accounts of those games repeatedly point out bizarre baserunning mistakes and defensive flubs. The box scores support his descriptions. The Cubs were picked off three times, including twice in the decisive Game 6. That game was lost, 2-1, on a 2-run error by Cubs right fielder Max Flack. Game 4 had been tied, 2-2, in the eighth inning, when Cubs pitcher Shufflin' Phil Douglas gave up a single, followed by a passed ball, followed by an errant throw on a bunt attempt that allowed the winning run to score."


It cannot be proven that the Cubs threw the 1918 series because everyone that knew the truth died long ago. Still, it is very interesting to think about. 

The Red Sox went from 1918 until 2004 to get another series title and the Cubs are still currently in search of their crown. 

So my question is, are the Chicago Cubs really cursed or is it just karma coming back to get them?