Century Cub: 100-year-old fan still waiting

Century Cub: 100-year-old fan still waiting
July 17, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Tony Andracki

As Cubs fans patiently wait for Theo Epstein's vision to come to fruition at Wrigley Field, it's common to hear people utter the phrase, "I hope to see a World Series championship at some point in my lifetime."

But most of those fans are in their 20s or 40s or even 60s. Imagine living a full century and never seeing your favorite team win it all.

That's life for Frank Marek, who turned 100 last month. He was born June 22nd, 1913, just five years after the Cubs' last World Series championship.

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Marek, whose favorite player was Hack Wilson, used to score free Cubs tickets by hanging around Wrigley Field and picking up trash and helping to clean up the area after games.

The Mt. Prospect, Ill., resident worked as a cement mixer at Wrigley Field back in the 1930s and is said to have helped pour concrete for the box seats along the entire right side of the stadium through the bitter Chicago winters.

Like so many others, for Marek, his Cubs fandom was a way of life.

"He always had the Cubs on television or on the radio. Always," Janice Serafini, Marek's daughter, said. "You never deviate from that. I think once you grow up, you grow old as a Cubs fan."

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Marek sat down with Comcast SportsNet recently to discuss his interesting backstory and his thoughts on his recent milestone birthday.

As for a Cubs World Series championship, Marek's answer was simple:

"I'm waiting..."