Daily Archives: July 22, 2014

Celebrate This 105 Year Old’s Fastball

The ceremonial 1st pitch is a baseball tradition. And this week, the oldest person to ever throw out a 1st pitch captivated an entire stadium. 105 year old Agnes McKee took the mound at a San Diego Padres game and drew applause from everyone in the park.

Agnes was born in 1909. So we thought it would be fun to see what was happening in Major League Baseball the year she was born.

+ Only 8 of the 30 current MLB teams are in the same city as they were in 1909: Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals.
+ Babe Ruth was 14 years old and had not yet played in a game.
+ The Pittsburgh Pirates, led by SS Honus Wagner, went 110-42 and beat the Detroit Tigers four games to three in the World Series.
+ Those Pittsburgh Pirates may have also had the greatest collection of names in baseball history, including Dots Miller, Jap Barbeau, Honus Wagner, Chief Wilson, Ham Hyatt, Howie Camnitz, Lefty Leifeld, Babe Adams and Chick Brandom.
+ 86 year old Vin Scully is the oldest play-by-play announcer still broadcasting Major League Baseball games. He was not born until 1927, 18 years after Agnes.

As a side note, the San Diego Padres were formed in 1969, which means Agnes was 60 years old when she became a fan of her team.

Way to go Agnes!

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