Sports curses could be brushed off as silly excuses for fans to explain their teams' losing habits or there could be greater things plaguing the clubs. Either way sports curses always have and probably always will be part of sports history.
Here is a list of some of the top curses:
1. Curse of the Bambino (1918-2004)
The Curse of the Bambino was supposedly the reason for the Red Sox not winning a World Series title in 86 years.
The curse was said to have began in 1918 when during the off season, the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth, "The Bambino," to the New York Yankees. Before that, the Red Sox had been one of the most successful clubs, taking the first ever World Series title.
After the trade, the Yankees went on to win 26 world titles in the Red Sox's 86-year drought. After many crazy attempts to get rid of the curse, including hiring professional exorcists to purify Fenway, the curse was broken in 2004. The Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series that year.
2. The Curse of the Billy Goat (1908-present)
The Curse of the Billy Goat is what fans use to explain the Chicago Cubs not winning a World Series title since 1908.
As the curse goes, the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern, Billy Sianis, was asked to leave a game at Wrigley Field, because his pet goat's smell was bothering other fans. Sianis was so mad that he supposedly shouted "Them Cubs, they ain't gonna win no more."
There have many attempts to break the curse, but none of them have been successful, hence the Cubs reaching postseason this year, but no luck.
3. California Curse (1965-1997)
The California Curse was said to have began in 1965, when the Los Angeles Angels changed their name to the California Angels. It is said to have lasted until 1997 when the Angels changed their name back to Anaheim Angels.
In that time period a number of tragic things happened and it wasn't about the Angels losing, more like losing their lives.
In the first year of the supposed curse, a rookie pitcher, Dick Wantz, died of a brain tumor. His death came just one month after his only Major League game.
Other strange deaths occured too, including outfielder Lyman Bostock being shot and killed in 1978. Pitcher Donnie Moore shot his wife and committed suicide in 1989. In 1992, just one month after their coach Deron Johnson died from cancer, the team bus crashed and injured several players. The list goes on and on.
Since 1997 when the Angels changed their name back, there haven't been any devastating losses or deaths. Creepy, huh?
4. Curse of the Black Sox (1919-2005)
The Curse of the Black Sox was the reason that the Chicago White Sox didn't win a World Series title from 1919 to 2005, when the curse was said to have been broken.
In 1919 there was a "Black Sox Scandal," in which many of their star players were suspended at an important time, late in the season.
The suspension then became permanent and the White Sox dropped from second place in 1920 to seventh place 1921. The curse was broken in 2005 when the White Sox won the World Series.
5. The Curse of Coogan's Bluff (1957-present)
The Curse of Coogan's Bluff is one the supposedly plagues the San Francisco Giants.
Since they made the move to California from New York, the Giants haven't won a World Series. Fans at the New York ballpark supposedly claimed that the Giants would never win a World Series away from New York. And they haven't.
They have had some close encounters with victory, they just missed the pitch.
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