Lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and former Buckley and Loda resident Louie Reinhart is gearing up for the game of his life on Friday, the Cubs' home opener.
The 100-year-old Reinhart — who played baseball for many years as a student at Villa Grove High School (Class of 1932) and also as a young man for several teams including for St. Mary Church, Pesotum and Tuscola — won't need to don "the tools of ignorance," a reference to the catcher's mask and chest protector.
At this game, he will need only a warm coat, gloves and his Cubs cap as he delivers the game ball to the mound in honor of his 100th birthday and the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field.
When asked recently about the North Siders' World Series drought, he answered with his typical smile: "They better hurry up. I've waited long enough."
Reinhart, who turned 100 on March 18, was recently honored at two celebrations — one at his church, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Loda, and the other at an open house in his honor at his new home in Metamora.