The last time the Chicago Cubs were in the World Series, the Manhattan Project dropped atomic bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, bringing an end to the second World War. To paraphrase The Temptations, Cubbies fans weren't too proud to beg....until Saturday night. In front of nearly 42,000 fans at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, Kyle Hendricks put on a show against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers as the Cubs cruised to a 5-0 victory in Game 6 of this year's National League Championship Series. With the win, the Cubs not only reached their first World Series since 1945, but also put an end to the Curse of the Billy Goat.

Here's a little backstory on the curse that has afflicted the Cubs for over 70 years.

What is The Curse of The Billy Goat?

The Curse of The Billy Goat was brought about in October of 1945. During Game 4 of that year's World Series, a Chicago tavern owner by the name of Billy Sianis bought 2 tickets to the game - one for him and one for his pet goat, Murphy. Because the smell of the goat bothered the fans in attendance so much, Sianis and the goat were ejected from Wrigley Field. Outraged, Sianis declared "Them Cubs, they ain't gonna win no more!" This has either been interpreted as the Cubs would never win an NL title or never again win a World Series.

Sianis died October 22, 1970. 46 years later, the Cubs proved Sianis wrong by defeating the Dodgers 5-0 and advancing to the World Series for the first time since Sianis and his goat cursed the franchise.

So how does a cursed team become the beasts of the National League?

A Youth Revolution

The Cubs are built on youth. Their starting outfield of Dexter Fowler, Jorge Soler and major free agent acquisition Jason Heyward have an average age of 27. Their infield consisting of Anthony Rizzo (age 27), Addison Russell (22), Kris Bryant (23) and Javier Baez (23) - average out to 24 years old.

They have Ben Zobrist, another free agent pickup, to plug the leaks. Oh, almost forgot that the Cubs will have Kyle Schwarber, last year's Rookie of the Year, available to them as a Designated Hitter. Bottom line - this team is built to win now and for years to come.

A Dominant Rotation

Jon Lester (2.44 ERA), John Lackey (3.35), Jake Arrieta (3.10) and Kyle Hendricks (2.13).

It's only a 4 man rotation, but it's worked well for the Cubs this season and deep into the Postseason. The average ERA of the Cubs' starters is just under 3. Together, they have a vast arsenal of pitches to choose from. They're all capable of racking up the strikeouts and throwing shutouts. However, only one has won a World Series and that's Jon Lester. Lester won his World Series with the Red Sox in 2013. Add him to All-Stars John Lackey and Jake Arrieta, along with the young gun in the rotation, Kyle Hendricks and it adds up to total domination on the North Side of Chicago.

A Man Who Knows How To Break Curses

Hidden within the Cubs staff is someone who knows something about breaking curses.

He's done so before. He's the man who masterminded the end of The Curse of The Bambino in Boston in 2004. That man is Theo Epstein. Since Epstein came aboard in 2010, the Cubs have brought on Schwarber, Arrieta, Lackey, Soler, Jon Lester, Rizzo, Addison Russel and more recently, Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward and closer Aroldis Chapman. Epsteinn's fingerprints are all over this Cubs team. Let this serve as a lesson to all other cursed teams in the sports world. If you want to break your curse - call in someone like Theo Epstein. He'll know what to do.

The World Series begins Tuesday night on FOX. It should be an interesting series, no doubt. Only time will tell who will be able to fully break their curse first.

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