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Longtime Cubs Reporter Craig Lynch Passes Away

Lynch, born fully blind, covered the Cubs for over 20 years and positively impacted everyone around him.

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Longtime Chicago Cubs radio reporter Craig Lynch has passed away, the team announced today. Lynch, born fully blind, covered the team for over 20 years and positively impacted everyone around him.

Lynch covered preps for the Chicago Sun-Times and Taylor Bell for over 20 years and was a radio reporter for WLPO in downstate La Salle. Although he was a reporter, Lynch was a die-hard Cubs fan.  Before receiving credentials to cover the Cubs’ press box, Lynch carried a portable radio and caught many games from the bleachers. And he did so while working full-time as a customer service representative for the Social Security Administration.

“I heard the crowd noise on TV, and I used to wonder what each of the people were saying to make that one big noise,” Lynch told Reader in 2004.

He attended Cubs games at Wrigley Field since 1955. It doesn’t get much more passionate than that, especially considering he relied on his non-visual senses to experience Cubs baseball. Many reporters nowadays have no connection to the team they cover. They might love baseball, but they aren’t as deeply connected to a specific team the way Lynch was.

Lynch was unable to get press credentials for the 2003 NLCS series against the Florida Marlins. However, he found a way to acquire tickets to the games. As passionate as he was about the Cubs and his craft, his affinity for America’s pastime in general shouldn’t be understated.

“I love baseball. My late wife said to me, ‘People think you just like the Cubs, but you like every game,’” Lynch told ABC7 Chicago in 2017.

Craig Lynch was truly inspirational. His passing is a tough loss for the Cubs and all of baseball. What he was able to accomplish while displaying an incredibly high level of professionalism is truly remarkable. Here are a few words from some of his peers.

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