WWII veteran who went to 1945 World Series given front row tickets to see Cubs play again in Fall Classic

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CHICAGO -- Jim Schlegel remembers the last time the Chicago Cubs were in the World Series, he was at Wrigley Field for games 6 and 7 in 1945.

Schlegel, 97, is also a veteran who was at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and returned home days before the '45 World Series began. He was eager to see the Cubs in person.

"I got there seven o’ clock in the morning, I went on Waveland Avenue, there was a short line already.  So I just stood there in line and a policeman come by, and he says, 'Soldier, what the hell are you doing here?'  And I said, 'I want to get in the game.' 'Come here.  You don't have to pay for a game.  You're a soldier.'" Schlegel recounted.

“Phil Cavarretta was on first, Don Johnson was on second, Len Merullo was short, Stan Hack was at third."

His granddaughter started a GoFundMe page to raise money for tickets so he could see the 2016 World Series in person. While the campaign exceeded its goal, a generous donor provided the veteran two tickets to Game 3 on Friday night.

The family now says that the nearly $13,000 raised will go to the Purple Heart Foundation. The Cubs and Cleveland Indians entered Game 3 of the series tied at 1 game apiece.

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