You have to look pretty far and pretty wide to find a living human being who played in a World Series for the Chicago Cubs. But the Cubs put in the effort and they found a guy. Lennie Merullo played shortstop for the Cubs in the ’40s and, yes, he was on the team that lost to the Tigers in the World Series in 1945. At 97, Lennie is the oldest-living former Cubs player.
Lennie hadn’t been back to Wrigley Field in a long time, but he went back on Saturday and sang Take Me Out to the Ballgame. It was a touching moment.
It’s great to see Lennie up there enjoying himself, obviously tickled pink to be invited back to the ball park where he used to play. But let’s real this thing up for a second. How pathetic a situation is this for the Cubs, having a 97-year-old man be the only person they can find from their last World Series team???
I mean think about this. Think about the World Series reunion the Yankees could have. All those guys from the ’50s and ’60s and ’70s and ’90s and 2000s. You would barely have enough room for all of them to stand on the field together. And then there’s the Cubs World Series reunion. One guy who is almost 100. That just says it all.
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