100-Year-Old Man Headed to Cubs Home Opener

Louis Reinhart on Cubs' World Series drought: "They better hurry up. I've waited long enough."

Friday, Apr 4, 2014  |  Updated 7:03 AM CDT
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The Chicago Cubs are celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Wrigley Field.  NBC 5’s Lee Ann Trotter reports.

The Chicago Cubs are celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Wrigley Field. NBC 5’s Lee Ann Trotter reports.

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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 invitation came after his daughter sent the team a note asking for a ball to mark his 100th birthday in March.

She said 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 told 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."

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