108-year-old Cubs fan dies happy, one week after World Series win
Mabel Ball, a 108-year-old Chicago Cubs fan, has died just one week after the team ended their 108-year World Series championship drought.
Her 75-year-old son, Rich, informed the Chicago Tribune that she passed away this week at a nursing home in north suburban Northbrook.
“The cruel irony, the almost unbelievable irony, is that the person who waits and waits and waits, after it happens, says, 'I've done what I've got to do, and I'm out of here,'” he said. “It ain't funny, but it's funny.”
Ball attended one game in her lifetime but followed the team on the radio. Her son says that she did not catch Game 7 of the World Series, in which the Cubs completed their comeback from a 3–1 series deficit to the Cleveland Indians.