Loyola University men’s basketball superfan and team chaplain throws out the first pitch at a Cubs game to celebrate her 103rd birthday. Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt has been the chaplain for the Loyola men’s basketball team since 1994 and gained national attention as the “basketball nun” when the Ramblers made it to the Final Four in 2018.
She may be known across the country, but in Chicago Sister Jean is a hometown hero. So, to commemorate her 103rd birthday, she was invited to throw out the first pitch when the Cubs took on the Phillies at Wrigley Field on September 28th.
Sister Jean took the field sporting a Cubs jersey with the number 103, for her 103rd birthday that was on August 21st. She was rolled onto the field in her wheelchair and she wound up her arm and tossed one to the catcher at home plate, Cubs mascot Clark. This is the sister’s second time throwing out a first pitch at Wrigley Field, having done it before to mark her 99th birthday back in 2018.