“If there are any curses left in baseball, they are all on the north side of Chicago.” ― Tucker Elliot.


Some quotes have an expiration date. As J. D. Thorne points out in Baseball’s Winning Ways:

The Chicago Cubs went without winning a World Series for over 100 years and didn’t win a pennant from 1946 until 2016. The reasons behind the 100+ year drought on the series is a little murky, but the lack of a pennant win and World Series Championship after 1945 was blamed on the “Billy-Goat Curse.”  Local restauranteur William Sianis of the Billy Goat Tavern brought his goat to Wrigley Field to roam the outfield for good luck before the World Series against the Detroit Tigers in 1945. The Cubs sent the goat home and born was the “Billy-Goat Curse:” the Cubs would not win a World Series until the goat was allowed back in. “Lovable Losers” became the nickname for the team. Despite reports of a goat coming back to graze occasionally in Wrigley Field, it took until 2016 to “break” the curse. Cubs Manager at the time, Joe Maddon, expressed absolute disdain for the curse and said his players would excel regardless. The Cubs made good on the promise and beat the Cleveland Indians in seven games in the 2016 World Series.


If you are a parent, you probably want to encourage your kids to read, especially on positive themes that promote good character. 

Our latest book at Sporting Chance Press is  Baseball’s Winning Ways by J. D. Thorne. Baseball’s Winning Ways is great fun for all readers age 12 through adult. 

  • Photographs
  • Illustrations
  • Baseball History
  • Baseball statistics explained
  • Baseball Superstitions examined
  • Winning Ways of baseball identified
  • Habits of virtues


Other features like learning aids also make the book ideal for school and library use. Baseball’s Winning Ways is a treasure that can help bring out the best in readers like your kids and grandkids.