Say hello to the world’s oldest Cubs fan!
The only thing Ray Styrlund, 105, can talk about at his East Moline, Illinois, retirement home is his beloved baseball team making it to the World Series this year.
“They finally did it!” he told WPRI. “I felt relieved.”
The last time the Chicago Cubs made it to the World Series was in 1945 – when they gave up five runs in the first inning of a Game 7 loss. This time around, Styrlund is positive they can go all the way.
“I’ve lived long enough to see it then,” he said. “I’ve been waiting a long time. I can’t wait another 100 years!”
His beloved Cubbies tied up the series Wednesday night after they defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-1 in Game 2. The Cubs last won the World Series in 1908 — three years before Styrlund was born.
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Last year, Stryland told The Dispatch that rooting for the Cubs has been the key to his longevity — and predicted that he would live to see his beloved team go all the way.
“Turn to being a Cubs fan and you will live longer,” he said. “It’s that simple. Me, I got great genes. My mother lived to be 100; an uncle 104; dad’s sister, 100. My wife, she was 98 when she passed, and we were just shy of being married 73 years. I have all that good going for me, but the key is being a Cubs fan. I’m living to see them win a World Series.”
Styrlund has been going to Cubs games for years – even when the stadium didn’t have a lighted field.
“I was working in the evenings, and the Cubs back then didn’t have lights so all their games were during the daytime. So, I would go to the game in the daytime and go to work in the evening,” he told WKRN.
“I guess I’m the oldest Cub fan, they say.”