At the age of 17 Billy immigrated to the United States from Greece. He landed in Chicago, the Windy City, at a time when it was building its mystery.
Career paths were sketchy back then, so Billy went into something he knew.
The Bar Business.
He operated a speakeasy until the repeal of the Volstead Act in 1934, you know, back when FDR said, “we have nothing to fear but beer itself.”
Wait a minute, that doesn’t sound right.
After the repeal, Billy’s Lincoln Tavern was a legitimate business; he became model business man and a rabid Cubs Fan.
The first Summer he was in business at his new digs, a baby billy goat fell off a truck into the street. Billy being the animal lover he was, nursed the critter back to health and named it Murphy.
He also renamed the tavern; you guessed it, The Billy Goat Tavern.
It became quite the hot-spot, not necessarily for its quality cuisine, but more likely, location, location, location.
It was across the street from the Chicago Stadium.
Although goat wasn’t on the menu, Murphy became quite the draw. Billy, ever the promoter, grew a goatee, renamed himself Billy Goat, and started spiriting the animal into unusual and off limits locations for publicity.
On October 6, 1645, he bought tickets for the Cubs game, one for himself, and one for Murphy!
Where’s Christian Mingle when you need it?
Everyone loved it, at first. He paraded the goat across the field, Murphy proudly wearing a sign that read, “We Got Detroit’s Goat.”
As the afternoon wore on and the heat began to rise, Murphy’s AXE body spray failed, and a few old biddies started fussin’ about the odor.
Well, it was a goat!
Billy was asked to take Murphy and exit the park.
This didn’t settle too well with the old fan, and he proclaimed, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna’ win no more.”
No one can remember if the words “World Series” were used, but everyone seemed to think that Billy was putting a hex on the Cubs preventing them from winning a Series game in Chicago.
Curse or no curse, the Cubs have not won a National League Pennant since 1945, and as of this year have not won a World Series.
Billy’s family claims Billy sent a telegram to Philip K. Wrigley, the team owner, stating, “You are going to lose this World Series and you are never going to win another World Series again. You are never going to win a World Series again because you insulted my goat.”
In that World Series, the Cubs were UP two games to one, but lost game four and the series.
Don’t you just wonder what would have happened if they’d insulted Billy’s wife?
Hex or no hex, curse or no curse, there’s a moral to this story some where!