97-Year-Old WWII Vet and Cubs Mega Fan Is Going to the World Series Thanks to Generous News Host
Sports| | By Margo Gothelf
Thanks to a generous donation, one World War II veteran is getting to live out his dream.
When 97-year-old Jim Schlegel found out his beloved Chicago Cub were playing in the World Series, he knew he had to find a way to attend a game. Schlegel was in attendance 71 years ago when the Cubs last played in the World Series.
However, the steep ticket prices stopped Schlegel from fulfilling his baseball dreams to attend the World Series Game. Tickets to attend one of the games were way to expensive, selling for over $21,000. Last time the Cubs played in the World Series, box seats were $7.50.
Schlegel’s granddaughter set up a GoFundMe post with the hope of raising $10,000 to get two tickets to the game. But luckily, Marcus Lemonis found out about Schlegel’s story.
Lemonis, who is the host of CNBC’s The Profit, wanted to find the perfect fan to send to the World Series. Once he found out about Schlegel, he knew exactly who he was going to send.
Lemonis then donated two front-row tickets to Game Three at Wrigley Field to Schlegel. On top of the ticket donation, Schlegel’s GoFundMe page raised $11,000, which Schlegel and his family plan to donate to the Purple Heart Foundation.
— Helen Schlegel (@BoogBoog88) October 25, 2016
Schlegel was incredibly grateful for the tickets, saying, “I appreciate your generosity, and hope we bring in a winner.”
Check out more on Schlegel and his winning tickets below.