The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, June 17, 1980-Page 13
WILL BE BURIED IN TEAM UNIFORM
Fan lives, will die, with Cubs
WASHBURN, Ill. (AP)-The Chicago
Cubs are Maniford Harper's whole life,
and now he's made a pact with his mor-
tician to make the baseball team a part
of his death.
Harper has arranged to go to his
grave in a Cubs uniform, complete with.
the pin stripe jersey with the smiling
little bear, knickers, and a bright blue
cap with a red "C" on the front.
"I'M GOING TO be buried in the
uniform because baseball is all I think
about," said Harper, still very much
alive at age 65. "It's my life, I don't
care about cars or anything else, and I
He says he has arranged with a mor-
tician to be buried in a uniform he
bought from the Cubs several years
ago. It's now in mothballs.
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Harper's devotion to the team began
in Shriner's Hospital in Oak Park in
1926 when he was 11. Severely stricken
with polio, he had been partially
paralyzed since he was 17 months old.
HARPER SAYS CUBS immortal
Hack Wilson visited the hospital with
some fellow players, walked up to him,
tapped him on the shoulder, and said,
"Stick it out, kid. Someday you'll be
able to walk."
From that day on, Harper and the
Cubs were inseparable. Folks started
At 13, Harper went to a traveling tat-
too parlor at a medicine show on the
outskirts of Washburn and had the word
"Cubs" engraved on his left forearm in
WHEN ASKED WHAT he wanted for
a high school graduation gift, Harper
requested $25 to travel the 125 miles to
Chicago and seea week's worth of Cubs
Now, he's been to Wrigley Field for
more than 1,500 games, including the
1945 World Series. He has collected 187
foul halls on his trios to the park. He's
had a batch of them autographed, and
keeps them ina safe deposit box.
Over the years, Harper's passion has
outgrown the regular season. He began
traveling to Arizona to watch the Cubs
in spring training. For seven con-
secutive years, he bought the first
available spring training ticket of the
season-and still has the stubs to prove
Once, Harper, who is partially
paralyzed but can get around, actually
moved to Chicago and became an usher
at Wrigley Field.
Trouble on Cloud Nine
Cypress, Calif. firefighters dig through the wreckage of the Cloud Nine Motel yesterday following an explosion that injured
nine persons and left another missing. About 60 people were registered in the motel at the time of the blast. Eight units in
the building were destroyed. No cause for the explosion has yet been found.
arter hopes to include Use Daily
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Hussein in Mideast talks TONIGHT AT
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jordan's 1977.
King Hussein, visiting Washington for "It is our long-standing position that SECONDtroANT
talks with President Carter, is once Jordan will see fit to join the peaceTEMUA T
again the target of a campaign of cour- process at an appropriate time," Hod- C
tship, with the United States trying to ding Carter, the State Department
woo the monarch into the Mideast spokesman, said yesterday.n E
Only the most optimistic expect
Hussein to give his blessing, let aloneOTHT
his country's participation, to the
negotiations between Egypt and Israel
over Palestinian autonomy during this AMAZING NEW VIDEO
Jordan has snubbed several in-
vitations and is boycotting the now- GN
stalled talks, all the while moving
closer to association with the Palestine
Liberation Organization and even a flir-
tation with the Soviet Union. -
A WHITE House official, who did not
wish to be identified, said Hussein's
visit would provide the "first oppor- LUNAR
tunity" for the king and the president to
exchange views on the Middle East THE FLIPPER MCGEE ARCADES! E U
peace process. (* IIESCUt)
Should the negotiations eventually THE CROSSEYED MOOSE
succeed, the Carter administration will 613 E. LIBERTY
depend on Jordan to give any TOMMY'S HOLIDAY CAMP
agreement a boost. The heads of the 632 PACKARD
Egyptian and Israeli delegations will be FLIPPER McGEE'S
here early next month to try to get the 1217 S. UNIVERSITY
talks moving again.
Carter will be looking for a signal of
future support from Hussein in their
meetings today; nd tomorr-w,the first
official visit by the king since April. 4