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Friday, June 6, 2014

Oldest Living Chicago Cub Returns To Wrigley Field

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Lennie Merullo, the oldest living Chicago Cubs player, with his son Len "Boots" Merullo in this photograph taken in the 1940s. (Courtesy of Lennie Merullo)Lennie Merullo was a short stop for the Chicago Cubs from 1941 - 1947.

Lennie Merullo was 15 years old and living in Boston when he was first invited to work out with the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs were in town for a trip to Boston Braves Field.

He is now 97 years old and is back in Chicago to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field.

“I’m feeling warm all over,” Merullo told Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson.

Lennie Merullo, the oldest living Cubs player.

Lennie Merullo, the oldest living Cubs player.

Merullo played with the Cubs for seven years as a shortstop and played at Wrigley Field during the 1945 World Series.

“It took a little extra ability to play, because you had the biggest area to cover, you had to have a strong arm, you had to have quick feet, and you had to really love to compete,” he said of playing shortstop.

Merullo still bears a scar from playing in the World Series, when he got spiked by Detroit’s second basemen.

Merullo will throw the first pitch during the ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field.

“I still think I can throw pretty well,” Merullo said. “I warmed up a little bit before I left home.”

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  • Lennie Merullo, oldest surviving Chicago Cubs player. He’s at Wrigley Field today, celebrating its 100th anniversary.

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