Cubs Honor Cactus League Pioneer Robert Brinton During Pre-Game Ceremony Today

March 14, 2012

The Chicago Cubs paid tribute to Cactus League pioneer and lifelong Cubs fan Robert Brinton today during a pre-game ceremony that featured his wife and dozens of children and grandchildren.

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts led the event, presenting the family with a photo taken in Chicago of a message that appeared recently in Brinton’s honor on the famous Wrigley Field Marquee. Ricketts also made a donation of $2500 to the Play Ball Experience project, Brinton’s dream for a permanent Cactus League museum in the Valley.

The highlight of the event occurred in center field where Brinton’s three oldest grandsons, Mason Brinton, 10; Tanner Brinton, 7, and Powell Glover, 7, raised a flag in his honor.

The flag, hand-made this week in Mesa, featured a design similar to the flags that fly over Wrigley Field’s bleachers honoring Cubs’ Hall of Fame players.

The Cubs presented the flag to the family after the game today.

The ceremony also featured comments from Brinton’s widow, Nanette, and a first pitch thrown by the next biggest Cubs fan in the family, Brinton’s son, Tate.

Brinton passed away unexpectedly last October, just days after the Cubs and the City of Mesa reached an agreement to stay in Mesa for another 30 years. Brinton was a tireless champion of the effort to make sure his beloved team did not leave the Cactus League, where it first arrived in 1952.