FINDLAY — For almost 60 years, Mike Carr has been an outspoken, passionate Chicago Cubs baseball fan, even through decades of painful losses.
“Win or lose, I’m a fan,” the Findlay man said. “That’s just the way it is.”
That loyalty has led to years of collecting Cubs memorabilia, including autographs, 50-year-old wall pennants, World Series tickets from a game that never was in 1984 and even a miniature 2016 World Series trophy in a handmade lighted glass case. The collectibles are displayed in a special “Cubs Room” that was created for Carr as a Father’s Day present almost 10 years ago. The room includes real artifacts from Wrigley Field including a seat and brick, and an a “brick wall” adorned with artificial ivy.
“Everything in here is special,” Carr said.
Carr’s wife, Debbie and their three children share his enthusiasm for the Cubs. Debbie, once a St Louis Cardinals fan, said her family’s enthusiasm for Chicago’s northsiders was irresistible.
“You start watching and the way they keep coming back, over and over, it’s wonderful,” she said. “They never, ever give up.”
One special part of Carr’s collection is a 1940’s era felt baseball cap. Although not worn by a major leaguer, the cap was on his grandfather’s head for decades and thought lost after his death. A neighbor recovered the cap and it eventually found its way back to Carr. Telling the story of coincidences that returned the cap makes Carr tear up.
“I can’t tell the story without getting emotional,” he said. “For me, being a baseball fan, being a Cubs fan is a tie to my grandparents, my parents, and my kids.”
The Cubs are down two games to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series but, win or lose, Carr’s passion remains constant.
“Baseball is a game of inches, “he said. “An inch one side or another for a ball and you have a different outcome all together. It’s a great sport and being with the Cubs is the best way to enjoy it.”