ll. man, 100, heads to Wrigley for Cubs opener - FOX 32 News Chicago

Ill. man, 100, heads to Wrigley for Cubs opener

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A central Illinois man will be among those helping Wrigley Field kick off its 100th anniversary celebration.

One-hundred-year-old Louis Reinhart was asked to participate in Friday's festivities during the Cubs home opener.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports the invitation came after his daughter sent the team a note asking for a ball to mark his 100th birthday in March.

She says the Cubs responded with a letter from President Tom Ricketts and later an invitation to deliver the ceremonial first ball to the mound.

The Metamora man played baseball in high school and later became a farmer and carpenter.

The centenarian tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette he hopes this is the year the team ends its famously long World Series drought, saying: "They better hurry up. I've waited long enough."

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow Us!

Share Your Sports Photos & Video

Submit Your Sports Photos

Share Your Photos & Video

  • SportsMore>>

  • Jackie Robinson West pushes for Little League World Series

    Jackie Robinson West pushes for Little League World Series

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:52 AM EDT2014-07-31 11:52:31 GMT
    A baseball team from Chicago's South Side has a chance to reach the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn.
    A baseball team from Chicago's South Side has a chance to reach the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn.
  • Whitecaps and Fire play to 0-0 draw

    Whitecaps and Fire play to 0-0 draw

    Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson made a second half save to preserve the Fire's 0-0 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night.
    Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson made a second half save to preserve the Fire's 0-0 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night.
  • Rockies beat Cubs 6-4 in 10 innings

    Rockies beat Cubs 6-4 in 10 innings

    Brandon Barnes hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Wednesday night.
    Brandon Barnes hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Wednesday night.
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices