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Ill. man, 100, heads to Wrigley for Cubs opener

CHICAGO (AP) - 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 (Peoria) Journal Star reports the invitation came after his daughter sent the team a note asking for a ball to mark his 100th birthday in March. 

     She says 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 tells 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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