And 71 years later, on Friday night at Wrigley, Ned Colletti took his uncle to that “next one’’ — Game 3 of the World Series between the Cubs and the Cleveland Indians.
“Thank you for keeping your father’s promise,” Frank said to his nephew as they met before the game at the Ron Santo statue on the corner of Sheffield and Addison.
“This is the best nephew you could ever have,” he told a visitor.
In the end, the Cubs did not win Game 3, nor did they win Game 4 on Saturday, with Frank and Ned again in attendance. But Frank finally got to see his team win in Game 5.
“He was over the moon,” Ned Colletti said. “He’s been waiting a long time for that.”
Luigi Colletti, Frank’s father, came to the United States from Sicily at the turn of the last century. He was 8 years old. His family settled in New Orleans but moved…