Baseball’s Black Magic: How Psychology, Math, and Culture Created a Curse-Ridden Sport

From the Curse of the Billy Goat to the disrepute of Steve Bartman, one Cubs fan dissects the strange science behind her team’s superstitions

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Oct 23 · 12 min read

By Jessica Boddy

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