On October 9, 1938, the New York Yankees completed a four game sweep over the Chicago Cubs for their third straight World Series title.
In Chicago, the Yankees took game one 3-1 and game two 6-3. The series moved to New York where they won game three 5-2 and game four 8-3.
The Yankees roster was comprised of legends like Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio. The Cubs boasted players like Dizzy Dean and Ripper Collins but they were no match for the all-star lineup of their opponents.
Today, John Lester and the Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals in game one of the National League Division Series who are being called “the Yankees of the National League.” Long time fans watch with bandwagoners and the rest of the country as the “lovable losers” take a shot at breaking the Billy Goat Curse.
Crazy as it may seem, the curse of the billy goat was placed by Billy Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern and a goat. He bought two tickets to a World Series game on October 6,1945 and was denied admission because of the animal. The actions by the ticket taker led him to curse the team, and since then the “Lovable Losers” have failed to appear in the championship series. Other “curses” like a black cat in 1969 and the infamous Bartman Ball in 2013 have also been blamed for preventing the Cubs form bringing the World Series to the city’s north side.
My fellow Cubs fans… this is our year!
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