Cubs' infamous foul ball destroyed

Feb. 27, 2004 at 12:02 PM

CHICAGO, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The infamous foul ball that some Chicago Cub fans think derailed their World Series express last year has been destroyed.

It took an Oscar-winning special effects expert to pull off the nationally televised charity stunt but the fretful foul is no more, reduced, as emcee Tim Walkoe put it, to "$113,000 worth of string."

That's what Grant DePorter, a friend of Harry Caray and a managing partner of the late broadcaster's area restaurants, paid for it. The demolition took place Thursday night in a tent outside Harry Carey's Restaurant as hundreds crowded around.

Steve Bartman did not join the festivities, the Chicago Tribune said. He's the young fan who accidentally prevented Cubs outfielder Moises Alou from catching the ball in a key playoff game with the Florida Marlins four months ago and things went downhill from there.

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