Murphy “the Goat” returns from the dead to lift the curse he placed on the Cubs in 1945.
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The Cubs Win it All! is a humorous tale about the truth on how after 108 years the Chicago Cubs were finally allowed a fair opportunity to become Baseball’s World Champions.
Very few know how it all came about. The breaking of the curse did not ONLY take place on the field but beneath the stands of Wrigley Field.
Even as time passes along, the explanation on how the Cubs were actually given the chance to accomplished the task is not as simple to explain as one might believe. Many might not even give the truth a second thought. You see it came about when the one who spoke the curse into existence lifted it during the fifth game of the 2016 World Series.
Although many of the Cub players were all-stars, it took more than their play on the field to become World Champions. You see the lovable Cubbies had the Billy Goat Curse to contend with. The blight had been with them, waiting to trip them up and dashing the team’s and their fans hopes of a crown since 1945.
Over the years many attempts have failed to break the curse. Only, through a last chance effort is the curse finally laid to rest during the fifth game of the 2016 World Series.
“The Cubs Win it All!” is a tale that explains how the curse was broken. Thus, allowing the Cubs to face their opponents on a level playing field.
I guess the question has to be asked, why write a novel about a goat? The answer is simply, the “Billy Goat Curse” is a curse that was placed on the Chicago by a goat named Murphy. Silly as it might sound, I just wanted the facts straight. Billy Sianis the original owner of the Billy Goat Tavern did not place the curse on the Cubs. It was Murphy the Goat as he was the one who was insulted.
“Murphy: Billy Goat Curse” is a fun tale that brings the Cub’s curse into focus. Instead of just telling the reader how the curse came into being, I also tell how the curse is broken allowing the Chicago Cubs the opportunity to become 2016 World Series Champions..
Forced back to Earth, the spirit of Murphy the goat needs to lift the curse in order to return to his place of rest.
“Murphy: Billy Goat Curse” has been compared to the great tale, “It’s a wonderful life”.
Billy Goat’s Curse is an interesting tale, much in the same mode as It’s A Wonderful Life. The lovable Chicago Cubs, cursed since 1945, have a chance to win their first World Series since 1908. The only thing that stands in their way is the Billy Goat Curse.
This novel is a quick read. Both, the young and old will enjoyed the tale. It mixes history and fiction in a way that allows the story to flow smoothly.
“Murphy” is a fantasy born out of the frustration that the Chicago Cub fans have over the fact their beloved Cubbies had not even been to a World Series since 1945. Many felt the reason for the drought was due to the Billy Goat Curse.
The so-called curse came to be on October 6, 1945, when Billy Sianis, a well-known Chicago saloon owner brought his pet goat Murphy to the fourth game of that year’s World Series. When asked to remove his goat from Wrigley Field, he was insulted. Upon leaving, he uttered the now infamous words, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.”
When Frain’s army of ushers heard those words, they contributed the curse to Sianis. However, Murphy was the one who put the whammy on the Cubs. Seeing he was the one who was actually insulted, it was only natural.
Unbeknownst to the Cubs fans, the only way to break the curse is for someone from the Cubs organization to apologize to Murphy personally. Of course, the biggest problem with that happening is that Murphy has been dead for many years.
Still, for 2016 the Cub fans there is no reason to despair. In the spirit of Fair Play”, Murphy the Goat, armed with the gift of speech, is forced to return to Earth to lift the curse. Murphy being very persistent, and annoying, has a stipulation. Murphy is to lift the curse when he gets his apology. However, Murphy is not the only one with a stipulation. No one is going to allow him back in to his reward until he lifts the curse.
In need of earthly assistance, Murphy goes to the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago. It is here Murphy is to meet a troubled young man named Daniel Talbot, in hopes of enlisting his aid.
When they met, Daniel has his own problems. His wife, Sara feels their marriage is failing. After she forces him to see a marriage counselor, the words she gets back from the counselor is troubling. The counselor feels that if Daniel does not get psychiatric help there is a strong possibility he might go insane.
The next morning, Sara’s fears are realized when she finds Murphy in her shower. Things get worse when she leaves for work. Standing in the hall she listens to their apartment door as a full-blown argument develops between Daniel and Murphy. This fact, combined with their troubles, is enough for her make up her mind to leave Daniel.
At the start Murphy and Daniel butt heads as they both are stubborn. Eventually, they come to the realization that they must change their ways, and join forces in order to arrive at the happy conclusion to this delightful tale.
My next novel “Far From Now,” available early October is a time travel book about about the Battle of Britain.