Couple names child after field


A husband is doubly happy after his Cubs won the World Series and he won a major bet.

Former Miss America and Jackson County’s own Katie Stam Irk and husband Brian Irk had their third child on Halloween.

He remained nameless for several days until the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

That’s because Katie and Brian had a bet.

When Katie found out she was pregnant earlier this year, she presented her husband with a bet.

“So she says if the Cubs win the World Series, then he could be Wrigley, and if not, then he’s Oliver,” Brian said.

They made the bet at the beginning of the Cubs season.

“I had my doubts in the Cubs, I’m not going to lie; and every time I would tell people about the bet, they were like, ‘Oh, so you’re going to win,’” Katie said.

The Irks already have two children, 3-year-old Charlotte and 17-month-old Rose.

They decided they had to call the new baby something when he was born before the final game, so they landed on Cubby since Brian is such a huge Cubs fan.

“I grew up listening to the Cubs on WGN radio. I grew up outside of Chicago, and I watched them with my grandmother,” Brian said.

And he turned Katie into a Cubs fan, too.

“I genuinely like them and enjoy watching them and have for quite some time,” Katie said.

Born on Halloween, Wrigley would go by Cubby.

“Everyone in the hospital was in on the bet, and everybody kept stopping by and saying, ‘Have we decided yet?’ and we were like, ‘Nope, final game isn’t over yet. We’re not done,’” Katie said.

Cleveland was up 3 games to 2, so the nurses had two birth certificates made.

“One of them said Wrigley Oliver, and the other said Oliver Wrigley,” she said.

But when the Cubs won, so did Brian.

“I ugly cried for 10 minutes. I sobbed for 10 minutes straight,” Brian said.

And finally, Cubby became Wrigley.

“It was a good bet, regardless of the outcome, and I’m not going to lie, I probably would’ve just caved and let him have Wrigley because they were doing so well,” said Katie, who is the daughter of Keith and Tracy Stam of Seymour.

But Katie added that she still may call him Wrigley Oliver sometimes.

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