Harry Caray's Will Reverse the Curse by Ending the Cubs' 99-Year Struggle With Murphy's Law

Feb 08, 2007, 00:00 ET from Harry Caray's Restaurant

    CHICAGO, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- If you have the surname of Cohan, Chance, Steinfeldt, Tinker, Howard, Sheckard, Evers, Moran, Williams or Murphy -- you may have the power to break the Cubs' curse.     The mystery of why the beloved Chicago Cubs have been without a World Series title for 99 years has finally been solved. Harry Caray's Restaurant plans to go back in time and change the circumstances that doomed the team to mishap after mishap ever since their 1908 win.     The night after the big win, Broadway legend George Cohan hosted a celebratory dinner at Rector's Restaurant for the victorious players. Conspicuously absent from the guest list was Cubs President Charles W. Murphy. Murphy was met with considerable criticism for his handling of World Series tickets and poor seat availability for the fans and subsequently was not invited to the dinner. In his defense, Murphy wrote a letter to the newspapers stating, "Rome was not built in a day, and it takes time even in Chicago to get ready for a World Series." 99 years is long enough.     Although Murphy bore no relation to the originator of Murphy's Law (anything that can go wrong will go wrong), the adage has certainly applied to the luckless Cubs ever since 1908. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not. Consider this:      -- The goat denied access to Wrigley Field in 1945:  Murphy      -- The Mets' announcer calling the game when a black cat on the field         reversed the Cubs' 1969 dominant lead:  Bob Murphy      -- The stadium in which the Cubs blew their near certain trip to the 1984         World Series:  Jack Murphy     After 99 years of Murphy's Law reigning over the Cubs, Harry Caray's is turning back time in hopes of preventing the Cubs from hitting the 100-year mark without a World Series title. The restaurant believes it's time to forgive Mr. Murphy and invite him back to the table. On the night of the 9th Annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray, his namesake restaurant will hold a reenactment of the 1908 dinner, only this time Murphy will be there. Chicagoans with each of the following surnames will be invited: Cohan, Chance, Tinker, Steinfeldt, Howard, Sheckard, Evers, Moran, Williams and Murphy. These individuals should email holycow@harrycarays.com to become eligible to win an invitation to the dinner. Winners will dine, along with one guest, on items from Rector's 1908 menu at 1908 prices. The menu will include Green Turtle Soup $.75 (which at today's price would be $5.95), Sirloin Steak $.90 ($37.95 today) and Broiled Live Lobster $.80 ($65.95 today), among others.     During the dinner, the restaurant will play Harry's theme song Take Me Out to the Ballgame, which coincidentally, was written in 1908. In addition, all guests with Model T's, the car which debuted in 1908, will receive free valet parking.     The dinner and the toast will take place on Thursday, February 15th, when fans in bars and restaurants in 80 different countries remember Harry Caray on the anniversary of his passing. At 5:30pm, a Budweiser (Harry's favorite brand of beer) or other beverage will be hoisted in honor of the late Hall of Fame baseball announcer. The toast will be led by Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg and Harry's widow Dutchie Caray at Harry Caray's Restaurant in Chicago with other celebrities participating around the country including Jeremy Piven and James Denton. For a current list of participating locations around the world, visit http://www.harrycarays.com/upcoming-events .  

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