Long-time Cubs fans share stories about their highs, lows

Cubs are looking to move to NLCS for the second striaght season

By Jacob Peklo | jpeklo@weareiowa.com

Published 10/10 2016 11:01PM

Updated 10/11 2016 12:04AM

INDIANOLA - The Chicago Cubs haven't won the World Series since 1908, but on Monday they battled the San Francisco Giants, trying to get one step closer to the World Series.

Neale Sinclair’s a collector. In one box, dozens of hats all representing stages of his life, but on Monday night, his focus is singular: watching the Cubs’ game with his wife.

"She'll let me watch,” he said. “Sports are my thing."

Neale played softball into his 80s, and still today, he keeps tabs on the players who've passed through Principal Park on the way to the big leagues.

“We watched some of Ernie Banks,” said Sinclair, “but once you get past 90, names are one of the first things that go."

And he's not the only senior that's going to be glued to the TV this October.

"70 years. I watched them, even though they weren't the best,” said Therza Steward of Pella. “They were always better."

Whether it was going to Wrigley with her dad or collecting good luck charms, Marjorie Giles has enjoyed her ride.

"It's been fun because I find cubs fans all over the world, but it can also be irritating because people you meet are always talking about the lowly Cubs,” said Giles.

Sinclair has been a lifelong sports fan. He remembers being in St. Louis after a Cardinals’ World Series title, many years ago.

“People were walking across the street,” he said. “They didn't wait for the crosswalks. You moved inches at a time because people were walking and cheering."

And Giles believes this team could be the one that breaks the curse. 

Marjorie Giles, Pella Resident: "I think the difference is that this year there are so many good players."

"They know how long it's been,” said Sinclair. It's been a very long time, but they've really assembled a great team there."

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