Host of CNBC's "The Profit" Marcus Lemonis was struggling to find the perfect baseball fan to send to the World Series. After stumbling upon the story of 97-year-old World War II veteran Jim Schlegel, he knew he had found his man.
Schlegel, like all Cubs fans, had to wait 71 years to see his team make it back to the World Series, but unlike most, he was actually at Chicago's Wrigley Field to experience it the last time around in 1945. A box seat ticket then cost $7.50, according to NBC5 Chicago.
But with overwhelming demand for the chance to see the Chicago Cubs win their first World Series in over a century sending ticket prices as high as $21,100 on the secondary market according to ticket aggregator Seat Geek, Schlegel had all but given up on the idea he'd be able to go. To help, his granddaughter set up a GoFundMe post with the goal of raising $10,000 for two tickets to the game and hoped for the best.
Enter Marcus Lemonis.