Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC's "The Profit", was struggling to find the perfect baseball fan to send to the World Series.  Then he stumbled on the amazing story of Jim Schlegel, a 97-year-old World War II veteran. He knew Jim was the man he had been looking for. 

World War II veteran 97-year-old Jim Schlegel last watched his Cubs play in the World Series in 1945, but a donation from CNBC’s Marcus Lemonis is getting him to Wrigley Field this time around.

Like all Cubs fans, Jim Schlegel had to wait 71 years to see his team make it back to the World Series. But here's the twist - unlike most, he was actually at Wrigley Field to experience the Cubs play last time in 1945.  

At the time, a box seat ticket cost $7.50! Can you believe that?! Now the ticket prices are as high as $21K. With those prices, Jim had all but given up on thinking he'd be able to go.

His granddaughter, wanting to help, set up a GoFunMe with the goal of raising $10,000 for two tickets to the game. They crossed their fingers and hoped - that's when Marcus Lemonis came along.

Marcus go in touch with the family and offered two front-row tickets to Game Three at Wrigley Field. 

Jim's GoFundMe post ended up getting a bit of attention and raised over $11,000. The family plans to donate the funds to the Purple Heart Foundation. 

 

SOURCE: CNBC