Cubs fan, born in 1908, dies one week after team recaptured World Series

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Saturday, November 12, 2016
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A woman who waited 108 years to see another Cubs championship died only days after the team finally recaptured the World Series earlier this month against the Cleveland Indians.

Mabel Ball, born the same year the Cubs had previously won the World Series, died Tuesday in the Chicago suburb of Northbrook.

"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,'" said her son Rich, 75, of Oak Park, Illinois. "It ain't funny, but it's funny."

Ball was interviewed by several Chicago news outlets during the Cubs' run in the World Series.

"We grew up with the Cubs on the radio, and mom was a fan, and her dad was a Cubs fan, which surprises me," said Mabel Ball's son Don, 72, also of Oak Park.

Though Mabel followed the Cubs on the radio, she went to only one game, on her 90th birthday, Rich Ball said.

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