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Illinois man, 100, heads to Wrigley for Cubs opener

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  • Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of the team's home opener Friday.

      Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of the team's home opener Friday.
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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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