Have You Heard, today (10/6) marks 70 years since the “Billy Goat Curse” was inflicted upon the Chicago Cubs.
It happened on October 6, 1945, when a guy named Billy Sianis took his pet goat into Wrigley Field for a Series game against Detroit. Sianis actually bought the goat a ticket. However, the goat bothered other fans and Sianis was asked to leave and take the goat with him.
Sianis, who owned a bar called the “Billy Goat Tavern,” didn’t take kindly to his ejection and screamed that the Cubs will never win another World Series game at Wrigley Field.
Sianis, who died in 1970, “lifted” the curse in 1969. However, that action did not help the Cubbies.
In the 70 years since the curse was set, the Cubs not only have not won a World Series game at home, they haven’t even made a World Series. That is, by far, the longest such drought in major league history.
Sticking with baseball, Babe Ruth became the first player to hit three home runs in a World Series game 89 years ago today (10/6/1926).
It’s happened only four times since. Ruth again in 1928, Reggie Jackson (Yankees) in 1977, Albert Pujols (St. Louis) in 2011 and Pablo Sandoval (SF) in 2012.
British reggae singer Maxi Priest had one top-10 hit. That was “Close to You” and it hit number-one 25 years ago today.
Egyptian president Anwar Sadat was assassinated 34 years ago today in Cairo. He was 62.
One of the greatest pro wrestlers in history, Bruno Sammartino, turns 80 today.
Today is Physician Assistant’s Day.
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