Dead Goat Hung at Wrigley Field

Police find goat hanging from Harry Caray statue

By Peggy Cassidy
|  Monday, Apr 13, 2009  |  Updated 10:54 AM CDT
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A dead goat was found hanging on a statute of Harry Caray outside Wrigley Field early Monday on the North Side, and it's not the first time. 

A similar incident occurred in 2007, police said.

A 911 call at about 2:40 a.m. Monday led police to the goat hanging from a rope on the arm of a statue of Harry Caray at the intersection of Clark and Addison streets, according to Town Hall District police.

Police took the goat down and disposed of the remains. It was not known how the goat died and nothing at the scene was damaged, police said.

There is not a "no trespassing" sign in the area and a surveillance camera located nearby is not set on the statue. Police said a similar incident also occurred in 2007, when a butchered goat was found hanging from the statue.

No one was arrested in Monday's incident.

The Cubs defeated the Brewers 8-5 in Milwaukee Sunday. The Cubs’ home opener is scheduled for later Monday when -- weather permitting -- they will play the Colorado Rockies at 1:20 p.m. at Wrigley.

On Oct. 6, 1945, the Billy Goat Curse was cast upon the Cubs when tavern owner Billy Sianis bought a box seat for his goat, Murphy, for Game 4 of the World Series at Wrigley Field to help promote his establishment. When he was ordered to remove the goat, he claimed to place a curse on the team that would prevent it from ever hosting another World Series at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs led the Series 2 games to 1 until losing to Detroit that day, 4-1, and eventually lost the Series 4-3 -- and have never returned.

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