Few teams in professional sports have the type of history that the Chicago Cubs have.
First off, they hold a professional sports record by having a 103 year championship drought,
the longest such drought for any major North American sports team. This long stretch without
a championship has drawn much attention and speculation and has become to be known
as “The Curse of the Billy Goat,” the curse was born in 1945 during the World Series, when fan
Billy Sianis, who bought two Cubs tickets, was thrown out of Wrigley Field because he brought
his pet goat into his box seats and other fans complained of the smell. The story is that when
Sianis was thrown out of the park during Game 4 of the World Series, he yelled back “The Cub’s,
they ain’t gonna win no more.” The Cubs then obtained The Curse of the Billy Goat and lost
Game 4 and the series, and have not been in a World Series since.
In the 110 year history of the Chicago Cubs, they have always been one of the top teams
in the National League in attendance, and averaging 39,115 Cubs tickets sold for each home
game, which equates to an average of 3,160,492 Cubs tickets sold each year for the past 5
years, which is 500,000 more tickets sold than the National League average.
Wrigley Field is one of the oldest professional baseball parks in America, built in 1914
and only trails Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, in age.With so many years in use, it
means lots of Cubs tickets were sold, and lots of lucky fans saw these events. Babe
Ruth’s “called shot,” happened in Wrigley Field during the 1932 World Series. The Wrigley Field
outfield bleachers and scoreboard were constructed in 1937 during renovations to improve
seating to sell more Cubs tickets.
Wrigley field was also the last MLB stadium to install lights, the lights were installed in
1988 and resulted in massive Cubs ticket sales as everyone wanted to experience the first night
game at Wrigley even though the game was rained out after 3 ½ innings.