Former Cubs bat boy with Alzheimer's returns to Wrigley Field

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A lifelong Cubs fan made a special trip to the Friendly Confines with his family during what may be a historic season. (WLS)

A lifelong Cubs fan made a special trip to the Friendly Confines with his family during what may be a historic season.

Ed Miller is 82 years old, and served as a bat boy for the team 60 years ago.

At Wrigley Field, Miller witnessed the new security and saw the new renovations as he walked through the concourse. For all that's changed over the years, so much remains the same.

"I've been to this ballpark hundreds of times," Miller said.

Miller was a batboy in the 1950s. In a 1952 photograph, he sits next to fellow bat boy and future legendary Chicago journalist Walter Jacobson.

Now Miller is living with Alzheimer's disease and his family wanted to make sure he came back to this ballpark, during such a potentially historic season, one more time.

"He's always talked about the Cubs for as long as I've been alive. Although it's hard for him to communicate it, his Cubs memories are so strong," said his daughter Leslie Sherry.

Those memories have been passed down to two more generations of Cubs fans.

Miller also had a close relationship with retired Cubs locker room attendant Yosh Kawano, as well as legendary player and broadcaster Ron Santo. He has a lot of great memories, but a Cubs World Series win would be the greatest memory of all.
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