By Rosie Langello
Ricky Wade grabbed a pen and paper and quickly started scribbling. One hour later, his thought-turned-action transformed into a song soon to become viral.
Frederic Peter Wade, 61, a self-proclaimed entrepreneur known as Little Ricky Wade, was at a charity golf tournament in the middle of September in Cleveland when “Chicago Series Fever” was conceived.
“The lyrics of the song just started coming — just flowed in about an hour or so, and it was just a deep passionate love … you know, for the Cubs and the city of Chicago,” Wade said. “I was writing them as fast as they were coming out and I looked at it after I was done and said, ‘Hey, that’s pretty good.’”
“Chicago Series Fever” emulates a folk-rock sound and has been played by ESPN 1000 Chicago as well as radio stations around the country. The lyrics mention a number of staples to Cubs culture — including Wrigleyville, Harry Caray, the curse of the billy goat and the team’s success so far in the 2016 season.
They’re not the same Cubs, baseball pretenders,
they’re looking much more like playoff contenders.
They’re not the same Cubs, baseball beginners,
they’re looking much more like divisional winners.
“This song isn’t just for this year, it could potentially turn into an anthem like ‘Go Cubs Go,’” Wade said. “Fans are coming to Chicago from all over the place and just thinking how precious would it be to unify everyone.”
Wade, a former federal law officer “has always put others before himself.” Ninety percent of the profits earned from the song are going to police and firefighter memorial funds for deceased officers and families. The song can be listened to and purchased for $1 on Chicagoseriesfever.com and iTunes.
In the past, Wade organized over 50 interactive golf games for charity and celebrity tournaments while living in Cleveland for three years. He also helped single mothers stay in their homes by helping to pay their mortgages during the real estate crash in 2008.
Wade was born on a mango farm “off a long dirt road” in Miami and grew up learning the game of baseball from his father, Sparky Wade, who is a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame for basketball. Wade was a baseball player and a coach throughout his life, and in 1985 he was the assistant coach for a University of Miami baseball team that went on to win the College World Series that year.
Though he is originally from Miami, Wade has always had strong ties to the Cubs. He grew up playing in Miami with two former Cub general managers, Ed Lynch and Jim Hendry. He also was a friend of Cubs sportscaster Harry Caray. These emotional ties made it easy for Wade to write the song, he said.
“You can’t be in the presence of Harry Caray longer than five minutes and not fall deeply in love [with] the passion he had for the Cubs,” Wade said.
Wade came to Chicago in the last week of the regular season and can be seen around the stadium cheering on the Cubs and promoting his song. He stressed how tough his living situation in Chicago has been due to encouraging his song, but he believes in his project and the Cubs.
“I wouldn’t have stayed here this long if I didn’t believe in the project that God has given to me,” Wade said. “To be able to write a song, that could move the hearts of so many people in a positive way, I’m just tremendously blessed.”