ANDERSON – When the Chicago Cubs made it to the playoffs in 2003, Anderson resident and avid Cubs fan Monty Porter did something some might call crazy.
Others might just call it dedicated.
The Cubs played the Atlanta Braves in the first round, eventually losing to the Florida Marlins in the National League Championship Series, and Porter drove to Atlanta to watch the first two games of that opening series.
By itself, that’s not too strange.
But when he drove back to Anderson after Game 2, picked up a few friends, and went straight to Chicago for Game 3, he epitomized the term “super fan.”
Since then, Porter, 65, has crossed a major item off of his bucket list. Over the last three years he traveled to every Major League Baseball park and is being recognized this weekend for his fan accomplishments.
On Saturday, the Sports Travel and Tours Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame inducted Porter and 37 other fans into its membership in Cooperstown, N.Y. during the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend.
The Sports Travel and Tours Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame, based in Hatfield. Mass., was created 12 years ago. Inductions occur every four years and with this year’s class included, there will be 88 members in the hall. Fans become eligible for the hall once they have been to every ballpark, a feat they must prove by getting a "passport" from Sports Travel and Tours stamped at each site.
“We have retired librarians, Fortune 500 executives, and people from all walks of life with his passion for baseball uniting them together,” said Teresa Weybrew, director or sales for Sports Travel and Tours.
Wrigley is favorite
Porter grew up around baseball in southern Illinois, an area primarily populated with St. Louis Cardinals fans. However, his father and grandfather were both Cubs fans. They gave him his first exposure to the game he would fall in love with for the rest of his life.