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3/6/2019 12:01:00 PM
Bill Ward - Chicago Cubs Biggest Fan
Labor of love for Bill Ward
The distinctive “C” in the Chicago Cubs’ logo is here formed by a cluster of baseball cards.(Photos Courtesy Bill Ward Photography)
The distinctive “C” in the Chicago
Cubs’ logo is here formed by
a cluster of baseball cards.


(Photos Courtesy Bill Ward Photography)
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Thomas Lark
Staff Writer


STANLEY, N.C.––He has been called North Carolina’s biggest Chicago Cubs fan.

He’s Bill Ward of Stanley, well known locally as a computer educator for children, as a gospel singer and as a photojournalist. But for the 50-something Ward, perhaps his greatest passion is to root, root, root for the home team. Ward is a native of the Windy City. You can take him out of Chicago. But you’ll never take the Chicago out of Ward.

As he told The Herald on Sunday, he has for some years now been working on a very personal labor of love: a room in his house devoted to hundreds––nay, thousands––of items of Cubs-related paraphernalia and memorabilia. It’s a shrine to all things to do with the Cubbies: the Cubs Room.

“The Cubs Room is officially half finished,” said Ward. “The side with all the shelves is approximately 12 by six feet. The floors, walls and shelves are covered with about 12,500 Cubs baseball cards. The shelves hold thousands of Cub memorabilia, dating back to the 1950’s. The second half of the room will probably have over 7,000 cards. The desk will be painted and trimmed with the Cubbies’ colors (red, white and blue), and a couple of shelves will be installed.

“Many more items will be added,” he continued, “and the desk will be available to go through the binders of Cubs cards by year in pictures. And there will be a binder that will hold other photos and memorabilia not on the shelves.”

Talking of books, Ward has his eye on one: The Guinness Book of World Records.

“I’ll be applying for a world record for the most trading cards of one team to cover surfaces in a single room––hopefully over 20,000,” he said. “Not sure that will be completely done by the first day of baseball season, but that’s what I’m shooting for!”

Want to see the shrine dedicated to America’s team, the winners of the 2016 World Series? Come on in, says Ward.

“Anyone is welcome to come view the room at no charge, as long as I’m here of course!” he said. “I would say it would take a curious person 15 to 20 minutes to browse. But a true baseball fan could spend more than an hour.”

To learn more, contact Ward by e-mail at willyace@twave.net. 


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