Lifetime Cubs fan, 108, dies after team wins World Series

Mabel Ball, the 108-year-old Cubs fan from suburban Chicago whose life spanned the team's World Series drought before it was snapped this year, died Tuesday.

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Ball died at Covenant Village of Northbrook, Illinois, the facility said Friday. Her death was confirmed by her son, Rich Ball, who said she died of a heart attack the Chicago Tribune reported.

"The cruel irony, the almost unbelievable irony, is that the person who waits and waits and waits, after it happens, says, ‘I've done what I've got to do, and I'm out of here,’” Rich Ball told the Tribune. “It ain't funny, but it's funny.”
As she rested in bed a few days after her heart attack, he said he told her, “Mom, you know, you've become a little bit of a low-level celebrity. Your story was in the newspaper, and it was on TV, coast-to-coast. A friend of mine even saw it in Berlin,” Ball told the newspaper. “What do you think about being a celebrity?”
“It's a lot of nonsense,” she told him.

"That was her, all over," he laughed. "She was already a great person. You couldn't make her bigger by calling her a celebrity."
Ball only attended one game at Wrigley Field, watching the Cubs when she was 90. It was a birthday treat from her children, the Tribune reported.

One of our residents, 108 year old Mabel - a lifelong fan of The Chicago Cubs finally got to see her team win the World...

Posted by Covenant Village of Northbrook on Monday, November 7, 2016

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