BOONE, Iowa -- A passion for the Chicago Cubs runs deep for Boone resident Bert Doran. "I got started at nine years old. Ticker tape play-by-play with Ronald Reagan on WHO."
Now at 92 years old he's one of the few that saw the Cubs in their last world series title game back in 1945. Now fans are witnessing a new team with title aspirations. Bert said "It's even better this year. God, they won more games than any other team."
As millions tune in to watch the Cubs take on Los Angeles in the NLCS, the picture is far different for Bert. "I always try to hear them, if I can get it."
An injury in World War II earned him a purple heart but shrapnel from a mortar round took his sight forever. "February 26, 1945, I was wounded on Iwo Jima. Three of us in a foxhole, one guy died and I don't know what happened to the other one," said Bert.
For the past 70 years Bert has turned to his trusty radio to give vivid details of his beloved Cubs. "It was good when Harry Carry was broadcasting. He always said Holy Cow," said Bert.
As the Cubs continued to come up short year after year, Bert had his own hardships which included bone cancer, the death of his wife and daughter, a kidney issue and internal bleeding, which doctors gave him a 15% chance to live after surgery. Bert said, "The surgeon asked me what I wanted to do and I said I wanted to live, and he said alright."
Despite all of that, his mind remains sharp with fierce loyalty "Just stick with them. That's what I've done over the years." His passion, as strong as ever. "I don't like it if they lose one run games but nothing you can do about it."
There's one thing Bert hopes they can do, and that's win the World Series "It would mean a lot to me. I've waited 92 years."
Bert's favorite Cubs players over the years include Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg and Ron Santo.