Originally posted on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 4/30/12

The Chicago Cubs haven't been in a World Series for 107 years. Yet Cub fans place the blame on a curse placed on them in Wrigley Field during their last World Series appearance against the Tigers in 1945. Legend has it, "Billy The Goat tavern" owner, Billy Sianis bought two box seats to see one of the early Wrigley Field games. One for himself, the other for his pet goat "Billy." Before the game got underway Wrigley himself ordered the pair thrown out because of the goats odor and because he was bothering other fans. Being escorted out of Wrigley Field by security guards and police the tavern owner yelled out, "THEM CUBS, THEY AIN'T GONNA WIN NO MORE" - and then sent a telegram to team owners repeating the "curse." The Cubs lost the series and have not been back to the World Series since.

Six Cub fans from across the country joined together, accompanied by a 4-month-old Nigerian dwarf goat named "Wrigley," set off from the Cub's spring training camp in Mesa, Arizona on legendary Cub's Ron Santo's birthday February 25th, with hopes of arriving at Wrigley Field May 28th. Today marks the 66th day of their walk to Wrigley field not only to break the Cubs "Billy the Goat curse," but to raise money to fight cancer. They're asking supporters to donate money to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. "HUTCH" as he was known to teammates spent 14 years pitching and managing the Tigers.(1939-1953) Hutchinson ended his playing career with a 95-71 won/lost record. He then spent a year as manager of the Tigers. "Hutch" died of cancer on November 12,1964, he was just 45 years of age. By the time the "crack the curse"group reach Wrigley Field they hope to raise $100,000 for cancer research.

The group walk an average of 20 miles a day. The goat "Wrigley" walks five miles, then they place him in a special built stroller/animal cart, and is pushed the rest of way. Last Friday, day 63, they walked from Bushyhead, Oklahoma through Chelsea to Vinita along Rt.66 the highway made famous by Nat King Cole. Here's a typical entry written into the daily diary they're keeping.

"Walked 212 miles from Bushyhead, Oklahoma to Vinita, it went from overcast to partly sunny. We wanted to hit 25 miles, but at the edge of Vinita, we met Bill and Barbara Wood who wanted to give us a room at the Western Inn, and dinner. At first we wanted to keep going, but we changed and took them up on their offer. They gave us 2 rooms and dinner was next door at the restaurant and it was awesome! Met a lot of awesome people today. In Chelsea we went to pay for breakfast and they told us Earl bought it. Thank you Earl!. Then we went to Jiffy Mart in Chelsea and filled up water and they gave us $30 dollars worth of food and Amy donated $40 dollars! Then at the edge of Chelsea we passed the Motor Inn. They offered a room but we only had 6 miles at that point and needed to keep walking. In Vinita, Oklahoma a lady and her cute boy petted "Wrigley" and donated! Also, our friend Mary from northwest Arkansas drove out giving us snacks and water."......
You can follow their daily journey on their website, www.crackthecurse.com

We salute these Cub fans. They're walking for two noble causes, the first, raising money in the name of former Tiger star Fred Hutchinson to fight cancer, second to break the curse. The Cubs winning hasn't kicked in yet. They current;y share last place in their NL Central Division with Houston at 8-14. The season's still young. When asked how "Wrigley" the goat was holding up group leader Matt Gregory said, "Wrigley's got a pretty easy life, and a free ride to Chicago. He's looking good, drinking a lot of water, eating well, and receiving lots of love from people along the roadways. He's loving the attention."

Six Cub fans started the journey in Mesa, Arizona, they're down to five trekkers now, one dropped out a few weeks ago when he injured an Achilles tendon. Over the years baseball fans have learned Chicago Cub fans are "different, special."
"You can't NOT root for the Cubbie's!" "MARCH ON!"

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