104-Year-Old Cubs Fan Makes His Pitch

Lifelong booster longs to take the mound at Wrigley Field
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2008 6:03 PM CDT
A 104-year-old fan is hoping to deliver the first pitch of a Cubs playoff game.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, file)
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(Newser) – Diehard Cubs fan Leo Hildebrand is sticking diligently to his daily workout regimen, hoping he’ll be tapped to throw out the first pitch of a playoff game for his beloved team. The major difference between him and the legion of other fans who’d like to do the same, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, is that Hildebrand is 104 years old.

Hildebrand’s friends and family have been trying to help him in his quest to toe the rubber at Wrigley, but team management has so far refused: "Due to the large number of requests and suggestions, and given the limited opportunities, it's difficult to accommodate everyone," a rep says. "We have so many deserving fans—including Leo Hildebrand—but can't get to them all.”