What do Mookie Wilson, Bill Bartman, Bill Buckner, Babe Ruth, Leon Durham, and goat have in common? If you weren't a baseball fanatic you would have said absolutely nothing. But ask any baseball fan like me and they would quickly answer you. these names will forever be part of the two greatest baseball plots of all history. They are two curses that haunt each respective city every year. curses that take you on a rollercoaster ride only to find out that the track was never finished and you are now on your way to total doom. They are "The Curse of The Bambino" for Boston Red Sox fans, and "The Curse of The Billy Goat" for the Chicago Cub fans. Although separated by many miles in distance their sorrows come close to each other every year. When it comes to baseball their fans are united in the similar pain and struggle every year.
The older of the two curses is the one supposedly placed by George Herman "Babe" Ruth on the Boston ball club. Hence, it is known as "The Curse of the Bambino". Long before Ruth started his reign as the Sultan of Swat for the Bronx Bombers, the New York Yankees, he was a pitcher of extraordinary talent for none other than the Boston Red Sox. The Babe's prowess on the mound and at the plate was formidable. In the six years he was with Boston, from 1914 to 1920, the team won three World Series titles. The story goes that the owner of the Red Sox, despite the on-field success of the ball club, was in serious financial trouble. He chose to bail himself out by selling Ruth's contract to the well-heeled and well-hated rivals, the Yankees, for the sum of $125,000 and an additional loan of $350,000. With that sale, he had, at a stroke, sold out the Boston baseball fans and started the Yankees" legendary run of winning seasons and World Series titles. The Bo-sox , in turn, become perennial losers. many events have occured over the past 86 years to fuel the curse fire.