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Jeremiah Paprocki Becomes Cubs’ First African-American Public Address Announcer

The 21-year-old will make his debut when the Cubs host the Nationals on Monday at Wrigley Field.

A new voice will be heard from the Wrigley Field speakers.

The Chicago Cubs hired Jeremiah Paprocki to be their new public address announcer, making him the first African-American to hold the role in team history.

The 21-year-old will make his Wrigley Field debut Monday when the Cubs start a four-game series against the Washington Nationals.

"I've been here at games since I was a baby," Paprocki said in a video Monday. "I wouldn't be a Cubs fan if it wasn't for my mom. Just because she was the person who brought me to these games. Being here to experience the game-day experience and hear public address announcers allowed me to shape my craft and become the PA guy that I am today."

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Paul Friedman and Mark McGill, PA announcer for the South Bend Cubs, each carried the role to start the season. The duo filled in after Andrew Belleson stepped down from the position in March to pursue a broadcasting career. The Cubs hired Belleson in 2011.

Paprocki is a senior at University of Illinois-Chicago, where he is a PA announcer and game entertainment coordinator for the men's basketball program. He also does PA for Whitney Young's men's basketball team.

"I'm excited to be a professional Major League Baseball announcer," Paprocki said. "It's been a dream of mine since I was a kid sitting in these stands and actually mimicking the PA guy and pretending that I was in that seat. Now, I'm finally in that seat and I get to announce some of the best Cubs players and providing the best game entertainment I possibly can."

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