For six games, Wayne Williams failed to keep up his end of the bargain. But he came through for Game 7.
Williams had made a pact with his father -- also named Wayne -- that if the Cubs ever made the World Series, the two would listen to the games together. Unfortunately, the elder Wayne passed away in 1980 at age 53. The Navy veteran, who was on the ground at Normandy on D-Day shy of his 18th birthday, never saw the Cubs win a World Series.
But the younger Wayne did. And he made sure to share the moment with his dad. On Wednesday, Williams drove all day from his home in North Carolina to Greenwood Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greenwood, Indiana, to listen to the game by his father's grave.
"'69 broke his heart," Williams told WTHR. "If he hadn't been dead in , that would've done it for him.
"I'll never forget one day he said, start of the season, I forget what year it was, 'This is going to be our year. This is going to be our year. We're going to be .500.'"
Williams brought a W flag, a lawn chair and his phone to the military section of the cemetery. He then sat back and listened to the drama for four hours. Finally, after Williams' long day and more specifically, 108 years, the Cubs won the World Series.
And although Williams has not seen his father in 36 years, it sure felt like they were together again for one night.