Steve Goodman's Family Sells Chicago Cubs Anthem 'Go, Cubs, Go' Before Gaining Popularity During World Series

Steve Goodman photographed in 1981.

Steve Goodman photographed in 1981.

Folk singer Steve Goodman's "Go, Cubs, Go" about his beloved Chicago Cubs is a hit decades after he died — and months after his relatives sold the rights to his song collection.

That means they shared the joy of hearing fans at Wrigley Field belt out the song during this World Series-winning season, but a lot less money.

Nielsen says the song has climbed to No. 21 in digital sales.

Goodman's relatives still get the songwriter's share of royalties for the song he recorded weeks before he died of leukemia in 1984. But they don't get the larger sum that goes to the owner of the publishing rights.

They're not complaining, though. Rosanna Goodman tells the Chicago Sun-Times the song's surging popularity is a fitting memorial to her father.