Woman takes father, 95, on surprise Cubs road trip

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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The last time the Cubs were in the World Series, Jim Beaumont was serving in WWII, dreaming about coming home to catch a game.

CLEVELAND (WLS) -- Rain can't dampen the spirits of the thousands of Cubs fans making the trip to Cleveland for the World Series.

For many, this journey is about more than baseball. This series has a lot of folks pulling out pictures, reminiscing about the last time the team got this far. Many were serving overseas in World War II, including 95-year-old Jim Beaumont. He purchased a baseball glove on an army base in Europe and remembers dreaming about making it home to see another game.

"It was just so natural to love the Cubs and go to the ballpark and sit in the 50-cent bleachers," Jim Beaumont said.

Imagine his amazement when daughter Sally told him, "Dad, get in the car. We're going to a game."

"He's always up for whatever adventure we can get at!" his daughter Sally said.

"It's one of the great blessings in my life. If you hold that long enough, I'll get emotional! She knows I've blubbered about her before," Jim said.

These two aren't just on a road trip - it's a trip down memory lane.

"Your mom was 100 percent behind you," Jim said.

"She always be at the Fourth of July parades and everything," Sally said.

It was actually Jim's mom who turned him onto the Cubs when he was 5 years old. She brought him to his first game in 1928. She got in free because it was "Ladies Day."

Now all these years later, a father and daughter are together making a similar trip.

"Thank you, thank you, my dear daughter for getting me to Cleveland to see our beloved Cubs," Jim said.

It's proof the World Series is a blessing beyond baseball.