Last year, my mom came up to surprise me for my birthday. Jeremy, unfortunately, was scheduled to be in St. Louis for my birthday and had conspired with my mom for her to come up so I wouldn’t be alone like I had been the year before. I was very grateful that she came out. For the day of my birthday, Mom and I went up to Chicago for my first professional baseball game. The Cubs were playing the Dodgers. I really enjoyed the game and we had great seats. Unfortunately the Cubs didn’t win but it was still a lot of fun. While we were there we did question whether there were any spirits in the ballpark. Little did we know there were spirits sitting among us. Nor did we know about the curse placed on the Cubs.
The Park originally opened in 1914 as Weegham Park. It was named for its original owner, Charles “Lucky Charlie” Weegham. A year later Weegham purchased the Cubs for $500,000 and moved them to Weegham Park from West Side Grounds. In 1920, Weegham Park was renamed Cubs Park. The following year, the chewing gum industrialist, William “Bill” Wrigley Jr took over control of the park. A few years later, he renamed the park Wrigley Field. In 2009, Thomas Ricketts became the chairman of the Chicago Cubs.
On October 6, 1945, William Sianis bought two tickets for Game Four of the 1945 World Series. Sianis was the owner of Billy Goat Tavern. The tickets were for him and his pet goat, Murphy. Accounts differ on what happened when Sianis and Murphy went to the game. Some accounts say they were turned away at the gate while others say that they made it to their seats but people sitting around them complained about the goat. Either way, Sianis and Murphy were kicked out of the park. In response Sianis claimed that the Cubs would lose the World Series and that they would never when another World Series again. The Cubs lost the World Series that year and didn’t win a World Series until 2016. Feeling guilty about the curse, Sianis did try multiple times before he died in 1970 to break the curse. He and his son went several games hoping their presence would break the curse. When that didn’t work, he tried bringing a goat that was descendent of Murphy but even that didn’t work. Other people tried to bring goats trying to break the curse. A priest tried spraying holy water around the dugout. Goats were given to families in developing countries. Someone butchered a goat and hung it from the Harry Caray statue and later on someone mailed a severed goats head to Thomas Ricketts. In 2016, The Chicago Diner and The Farm Sanctuary put up posters of a goat name Peanut and urged Chicagoians to give up meat to break the curse. I guess that worked because the Cubs won the World Series in 2016.
There are three main ghosts that haunt Wrigley Field. They are Harry Caray, Steve Goodman, and Charlie Grimm.
Harry Caray was the announcer for the Chicago Cubs for 16 years. People have reported feeling random cold spots and seeing an unexplained mist in the press box. Some have said they witnessed Harry Caray’s apparition in the press box.
Steve Goodman is a songwriter who wrote the song Go Cubs Go. There is an urban legend that his ashes are buried under home plate. People have reported seeing him sitting in the bleachers behind home plate.
Charlie Grimm was a first baseman for the Cubs and eventually a manager for the Cubs as well. Cub executives have claimed to see his spirit walking the hallways of Wrigley Field long after his death. Security guards have also reported that the bullpen phone would ring at night. The only phone that could call the bull pin phone was a phone in the dug out. Security guards claim that it is Charlie Grimm calling. There is also an urban legend about Charlie Grimm’s ashes being scattered or buried in the left field.
There are rumors of Cub fans bringing in the ashes of loved ones to scatter in the ivy. That could explain the other sightings of ghosts sitting in the bleachers watching over their beloved team.
Have you experienced anything paranormal at a athletic field or a sporting event? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.