104-Year-Old Orioles Fan Throws Out First Pitch

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I’ve just come up with a new life goal for myself: Live to 104. Oh, and then be healthy and frisky enough to throw out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game.

That’s exactly what Cora Purcell did at this weekend’s Orioles-Nationals game:

She didn’t make it all the way over the plate… but you know what? That’s still pretty amazing. (Apparently she’d been practicing with a whiffle ball for a few weeks.)

According to the Frederick News Post, Purcell saw Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run in the 1927 season; Cal Ripken, Jr. play his record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game; and the Senators’ first home game, in 1931. In other words: The lady is a serious baseball fan.

Amazingly enough, she wasn’t even the oldest person to pitch at an MLB game this weekend–that would be Evelyn Jones, who threw out the first pitch at an Angels-Mariners game at the ripe old age of 108 (!!!).



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