Cubs fan

The opportunity to see the Chicago Cubs play a World Series game in person can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To get to watch the Cubbies in the Fall Classic twice in a lifetime is quite a remarkable feat given the history of the franchise.

Jim Schlegal will be able to say he did just that when the World Series contest between the Cleveland Indians and Cubs moves from Cleveland to Wrigley Field in Chicago for Game 3.

Schlegal, a World War II veteran who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, is a lifetime Cubs fan. He attended the 1945 World Series, which of course was the most recent World Series for the team before this season. Nothing would bring Schlegal more joy than to root on the Cubs in the World Series one more time, but the cost of attending a long-awaited World Series game in Wrigley wasted no time skyrocketing out of the budget for many Cubs fans. Schlegal’s granddaughter took the initiative to setup a GoFundMe campaign to get her grandfather to a game. It was a great gesture, and it ended up working. In a way, that is.

Marcus Lemonis, the CEO of Camping World and host of CNBC’s ‘The Profit‘, caught wind of the story and decided to help out by giving Schlegal a pair of tickets to a game. The online funding campaign managed to raise more than enough to buy tickets to the game, but that money will not go to waste. The $12,000 raised to buy tickets will instead be donated to the Purple Heart Foundation, assuring everyone wins in this story.

[CBS Sports]

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