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Caray statue outside Wrigley vandalized
Major League Baseball

Caray statue outside Wrigley vandalized

Published Feb. 7, 2011 12:00 a.m. ET

A statue of famed Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray was defaced Sunday in yet another bizarre incident surrounding the Wrigleyville memorial.

Cubs spokesman Peter Chase said staff learned of the graffiti Sunday afternoon and most of it was already removed by 8 p.m. Chicago Police could not provide additional details.

"We are presently in a fact-finding stage when it comes to any other details," Chase said via email.

The graffiti reportedly said "Sox" and another illegible word.


It was damaged in November when a worker ran an equipment vehicle into the monument while converting the field for a college football game. The accident left a sizable crack in the granite base.

The statue has been vandalized in the past. A dead goat was found hanging from the statue prior to the 2009 home opener, and a similar incident occurred in 2007, in what many perceived as a bizarre attempt to lift the notorious Billy Goat curse.

The Curse of the Billy Goat refers to a 1945 incident in which a local tavern owner was denied entry to Wrigley Field for a World Series game because he brought his pet goat with him.

As the legend goes William Sianis, the owner of Billy Goat Tavern, then stood outside the stadium, yelling "The Cubs ain't gonna win no more!"

The Cubs went on to lose the 1945 World Series to Detroit, and have failed to win a World Series since 1908.


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