A suburban woman who waited every one of her 108 years for the Chicago Cubs to win a World Series died shortly after the team finally accomplished that historic feat last week.
Mabel Ball, 108, died Tuesday at Covenant Village of Northbrook, the facility said Friday.
Ball, who was born the year the Cubs last won a World Series, 1908, made headlines during the team’s iconic postseason run as one of the oldest living fans of the North Side team.
Ball had only managed to go to one game at Wrigley Field — when she was 90 years old, as a birthday treat from her kids, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Shortly before she passed away, Ball’s son reportedly told her she’d become “a little bit of a low-level celebrity” after her story had appeared in newspapers and on televisions across the country and around the world.
“It’s a lot of nonsense,” Rich Ball said his mother replied. "That was her, all over. She was already a great person. You couldn't make her bigger by calling her a celebrity."
The Cubs won their first World Series since 1908 last week, a historic win that has resonated and been celebrated across the globe.