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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - June 30, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Remembering Cub Fan Louis Reinhart

By Jeff Bossert

Louis Reinhart and family at Wrigley Field

Back at the start of the baseball season, Illinois Public Media reported on a longtime farmer and carpenter from East Central Illinois who always found time to root for the Chicago Cubs.

Louis Reinhart passed away Friday –  at the age of 100 - the same age as the Cubs’ ballpark, Wrigley Field. 

His daughter Jullie wrote the Cubs' front office before the season, and the family was invited to participate in pre-game ceremonies on Opening Day.   A scheduling conflict kept that happening, but Reinhart and family were invited back.

Reinhart attended his final game on June 8th, where he was invited to deliver the game ball and met a couple of players, including his favorite, shortstop Starlin Castro.

In an interview done in April, the 1938 graduate of Villa Grove High School said becoming a Cub fan just made sense for him.

 “My dad in World War II, he went to Chicago and was working up in Chicago, and he wasn’t too far from Wrigley Field," he said.  "And that way we got kinda tied in with the Cubs cause he went to a lot of games.”

Reinhart lived in a Metamora Nursing Home in his later years, but was born near Pesotum in 1914, and farmed in Ford County for many years.

Funeral services for Louis Reinhart are this week in Paxton.  Baier Family Funeral Services is handling arrangments.

Categories: History, Sports

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - June 24, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Big Ten Leaders Issue Statement Opposing Athlete Unions, Propose Reforms

By Jeff Bossert

Administrators of all 14 Big Ten schools have asked the NCAA to implement reforms to college athletics, while opposing unions or compensation for college athletes.

Categories: Sports

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - June 17, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

U Of I To Bid Once More To Host High School Basketball Tournament

By Jim Meadows

Nearly 20 years after losing out to Peoria, Champaign-Urbana hopes to once again host the Illinois state high school boys basketball tournament. And a bid will be made for the girls basketball tournament as well.

Categories: Community, Sports

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - June 05, 2014 ~ Comment (1)

Last Living World Series Cub Returns To Wrigley Field

By Jeff Bossert


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Lennie Merullo and his son, Len ‘Boots’ Merullo at Wrigley Field.

Barring an unlikely turnaround this season, the Chicago Cubs are mired in another long year. But this weekend, the Cubs and their fans will be reminded of a time their team was at the top, getting a visit from their oldest living former player.

Categories: History, Sports

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