Wednesday night was a long one for a retired major leaguer in Connecticut, as the Chicago Cubs took Game 7 in the World Series against Cleveland.
Bob Kelly, of southeastern Connecticut, played for both the Cubs and the Indians.
"I rooted for Cleveland finally. I do admire Terry Francona. I like the way he handles himself and the ball club and his relationship with the ball players,” Kelly said.
Kelly, who is 89 years old, pitched for the Cubs in 1947, and then for Cleveland in 1953. He said he watched the World Series like a hawk.
His biggest fan is his wife Sandy, who was hooked on the World Series too, but she initially rooted for Cleveland.
"Seeing the cubs win was so great. I think they deserved it. They both deserved it,” Sandy Kelly said.
While the Kellys didn’t spray champagne everywhere, Bob Kelly has a hunch about next season.
"I don't know, clearly the Cubs are young enough, they’re going to be in there next year and Cleveland too,” Kelly said.
Kelly did talk about "the curse," but he explained they didn't think of it that way in 1947, they just didn't win. He confides that it wasn't a very good ball club then.
The father of seven said he made $6,000 in the mid-1950s and had to work hard at getting another $500 out of Mr. Wrigley. Today's salaries are astounding. Kelly said even the MVP back in his day made $35,000, tops.
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