Cubs announce the 20 fans who will give World Series title rings to players and coaches


The Chicago Cubs celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO – It’s a piece of jewelry that generations of Cubs’ players have dreamed of one day receiving.

From Banks to Santo to Sandberg, players had hoped to someday get a World Series championship ring, only to be left with an empty finger after a century of baseball void of a championship.

Finally, a group of Chicago Cubs will get the chance to land this hardware after the team’s World Series championship last fall – and a group of fans will be lucky enough to give it to them.

On Tuesday the Cubs announce the 20 fans who will present the championship rings to the players and coaches at the Cubs’ game on Wednesday, April 12th at Wrigley Field.

They are:

Jeff Birtell, 58, from DeKalb, Ill.
Grace Davis, 20, from Jefferson City, Mo. 
Alex Dorn, 29, from Chicago, Ill.
Paul “Crawly” Dzien, 40, from Bartlett, Ill.
Michael Folsom, 30, from Palos Hills, Ill.
Dennis Gieseke, 72, from Roselle, Ill.
Joanne Harrer, 76, from Naperville, Ill.
Melissa Hurd, 37, from Carol Stream, Ill.
Lauren Klein, 13, from Peru, Ill.
Amy Liss, 34, from Downers Grove, Ill.
Tom Magno, 50, from Chicago, Ill.
Jessie McGinn, 26, from Arlington Heights, Ill.
Doug Meyer, 60, from Deerfield, Ill.
David Morimoto, 55, from Joliet, Ill.
Bob O’Hara, 38, from Elkhart, Ind.
Erv Schreiber, 86, from Indianapolis, Ind.
Steven Teplinsky, 63, from Mundelein, Ill.
Jimmy Thurman, 90, from Kewanee, Ill.
Tom Wakefield, 48, from Brownsburg, Ind.
George Wiseman, 72, from Mount Prospect, Ill.
This group was chosen from over 1,500 applicants who submitted a video through Twitter to earn the shot to give out the rings to the Cubs.
The 20 fans chosen to give out the rings will receive transportation to the game along with tickets to the game while also sporting a team jersey & cap. They will also be some of the first to get a glimpse of the championship rings before they are handed out to the fans.


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