CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s Labor Day at Wrigley Field and the Cubs are taking morning batting practice. 66-year old Rich Buhrke is readying his stool and his Mizuno mitt at the corner of Waveland and Kenmore just over the left field wall.
“It looks like it’s going to be a good day because the wind is definitely blowin out,”
It’s a routine he’s followed thousands of times as one of Wrigley Field’s oldest ballhawks, Buhrke adopted this beloved hobby as a boy riding his bike past the historical ballpark.
“My first homerun I ever caught back in 1960 was hit by Don Zimmer, of all people,” Buhrke said.
Down the block, Moe Mullins, a ballhawk since 1958 who proudly claims to have caught more than 5,500 balls.
“It’s become a life long hobby. My most favorite was the Andre Dawson ball I had caught.”