Retiring Cubs Organist May Still Haunt Wrigley

Rick Gregg
September 17, 2019 - 9:45 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A journey that started in a 5-year-old’s back yard comes to a close this fall when Gary Pressy shuts the lid on his Wrigley Field career.

“I love music and I love sports,” Pressy told WBBM Newsradio’s Rick Gregg Tuesday, as he prepared to perform for one of the Cubs’ final regular-season games.

The problem is, he wasn’t much of a Little League player. So, he figured out a way to combine his passions.

Thirty-three years and almost 2,700 games later, the 61-year-old Pressy is retiring.

Retiring Cubs organist Gary Pressy (WBBM NEWSRADIO)

“I was blessed with musical talent, and I love the fans,” he said.

Not surprisingly, Pressy’s favorite memories include the 2016 season when the Cubs – previously known as the “Lovable Losers” – won the World Series. He still savors the city’s celebration.

"What I'll never forget is the reception at the parade that we had when we won, two days after we beat Cleveland,” he recalled. “I have never seen so many people in my life, on the bus going to Grant Park, and I was fortunate to be actually performing on stage.”

Pressy considers himself a Cubs fan, so the last note he plays won’t necessarily be the last Wrigley hears from him.

“If the door’s open, I’m coming in,” Pressy says, laughing, "so, watch it!”