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Saturday, July 19, 2014

105 Year Old Woman To Throw Out First Pitch For Padres

The Padres are going for a record Sunday:

In honor of her milestone birthday, the San Diego Padres selected a spirited 105-year-old lady with a good sense of humor to throw out the first pitch Sunday before a game at Petco Park. . . . Born in 1909, she just missed the Cubs’ last World Series title in 1908.
. . .
Honored as she is, McKee didn’t spare the Padres with her harsh assessment of the franchise, saying, “I haven’t been very into the Padres because they don’t ever win any games.”

The record may be short-lived if the Braves have Julio Franco throw out the first pitch next week.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 19, 2014 at 12:24 AM | 37 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: first pitch, milestone, oldwarhorse, padres, veteran leadership

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   1. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 19, 2014 at 01:29 AM (#4754171)
I love it when old people feel free to tell us what they think about things. Everything is in play, and PC is out the window.
   2. boteman Posted: July 19, 2014 at 02:40 AM (#4754190)
Caushe Pepperidge Farm remembersh.
   3. bigglou115 Posted: July 19, 2014 at 03:45 AM (#4754195)
Am I the only person who wants to watch this just in case this is the day the Padres kill a little old woman? Not that I want to see a little old woman die, but at the same time I feel like in the future I don't want to be talking to a friend and have him ask if I remembered it and be like, "nope, I watched the Braves play a completely unremarkable game against the Phillies instead."

But seriously, is this a good idea? I'm assuming that for someone even in perfect health at 105 just walking onto the field is dangerous. Add excitement, noise, physical exertion...
   4. RickG Posted: July 19, 2014 at 06:56 AM (#4754206)
Why not go the extra mile and let her close? I mean, they need someone back there now.
   5. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: July 19, 2014 at 08:27 AM (#4754214)
Can our own Harveys Wallbangers date this chick based on the half your age and add 7 rule, or is she still a little too young?
   6. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: July 19, 2014 at 08:47 AM (#4754217)
Ed Wade just traded for her.
   7. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 19, 2014 at 08:51 AM (#4754219)
But seriously, is this a good idea? I'm assuming that for someone even in perfect health at 105 just walking onto the field is dangerous. Add excitement, noise, physical exertion...


When my mothers great uncle turned 100 her aunts threw him a surprise birthday party. About 75 people showed up and when he walked in we were all supposed to yell "surprise!" My father and I refused because we weren't going to have blood on our hands if he had a heart attack (he didn't).
   8. GregD Posted: July 19, 2014 at 10:08 AM (#4754239)
My great grandfather gathered everyone around to watch him turn somersaults on his hundredth birthday. His opinion was that if his heart was going to give out it would have already done it so he expected to die of something else and not worry about over straining himself.
   9. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: July 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4754248)
In 1909, San Diego had about 35,000 people, and Ted Williams wouldn't be born there for another nine years. (They would get their first pro baseball team the following year, in the Class D Southern California Trolley League...)
   10. Moeball Posted: July 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4754249)
Ed Wade just traded for her.


Well, you know Ruben Amaro, Jr. sure as heck wouldn't - she walks too much!
   11. bobm Posted: July 19, 2014 at 11:10 AM (#4754266)
Better not let Keith Hernandez see her sitting in the Padres' dugout.
   12. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: July 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM (#4754268)
But seriously, is this a good idea? I'm assuming that for someone even in perfect health at 105 just walking onto the field is dangerous. Add excitement, noise, physical exertion...

She certainly seems to like it, and anyway, even if she croaked on the spot can you think of a better way to die at 105?

The only question I'd have would be: Could any of the current Padres get around on her heater?

Padres’ Offense May Go Down as Worst Ever
   13. bunyon Posted: July 19, 2014 at 11:51 AM (#4754275)
Mark Grace agrees this is a great idea for a struggling offense.
   14. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: July 19, 2014 at 12:03 PM (#4754279)
Mark Grace agrees this is a great idea for a struggling offense.

I wish I hadn't just read this when my mouth was full of water. Thanks for nothing, bunyon.
   15. Spahn Insane Posted: July 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM (#4754295)
Yeah, that's gold, bunyon.
   16. donlock Posted: July 19, 2014 at 01:27 PM (#4754329)
I thought Barbara Walters retired from show biz.
   17. McCoy Posted: July 19, 2014 at 02:00 PM (#4754345)
I'd be very pissed if I lived to be a 105.
   18. Bitter Mouse Posted: July 19, 2014 at 03:46 PM (#4754395)
bunyon wins the thread. Primey worthy.

For her 105 is a good run. Well done.
   19. Walt Davis Posted: July 19, 2014 at 05:58 PM (#4754468)
Nice to see baseball is reaching a younger demographic.
   20. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: July 20, 2014 at 09:20 AM (#4754637)
When she was born, Mark Twin was still alive.

She's older than Bonnie Parker from Bonnie & Clyde.

She's older Vivian Vance, who played Ethel Merman on I Love Lucy.
   21. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: July 20, 2014 at 11:12 AM (#4754653)
The year McKee was born, we were minting Indian Head pennies, Liberty Head nickels, and Barber Head dimes, quarters and half dollars. We also had $2.50 gold coins, and our paper currency was closer in size to British 50 pound notes than it was to our current dollar bills.

And what's most amazing: McKee is easily old enough to be Harvey's mother.
   22. BDC Posted: July 20, 2014 at 11:40 AM (#4754657)
And yet it's wonderful that in 1909 the Pittsburgh Pirates played the Detroit Tigers in a World Series that would be very familiar to any of us disembarking from a time machine. Meanwhile 1909 football would have looked like a mass wrestling match, and I suppose they'd cut holes in the bottom of basketball goals by that time, but those sports, let alone their league structures, would look very alien to us. I draw no lessonsfrom this, I just think it's very cool.
   23. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM (#4754663)
She's older Vivian Vance, who played Ethel Merman on I Love Lucy.


Ethel Mertz. Vivian Vance was more than 20 years younger than William Frawley, who played her husband on I Love Lucy. She was contractually obligated to stay something like 20 pounds overweight, so she would always look dowdy.
   24. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: July 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM (#4754664)
Ah, if only FOX could've been around in 1909 to wire Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner for sound, when Ty allegedly yelled "I'm coming down on the next pitch, you Krauthead", and Wagner supposedly broke several of Cobb's teeth while tagging him out. But now only Ty's dentist will ever know the truth, and he's not talking.
   25. Howie Menckel Posted: July 20, 2014 at 12:27 PM (#4754669)
born before Ducky Medwick, Dizzy Dean, Arky Vaughan, Frenchy Bordagaray, Johnny Mize, Hank Greenberg, or Joe DiMaggio.

same year as Mel Ott.
   26. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: July 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM (#4754676)
Take Wilford Brimley's age when Cocoon came out and add to it Abe Vigoda's age when Barney Miller debuted .... and the sum is still younger than this woman.
   27. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: July 20, 2014 at 01:22 PM (#4754684)
born before Ducky Medwick, Dizzy Dean, Arky Vaughan, Frenchy Bordagaray, Johnny Mize, Hank Greenberg, or Joe DiMaggio.


And Mike Crudale.
   28. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: July 20, 2014 at 04:01 PM (#4754736)
The year McKee was born, we were minting Indian Head pennies, Liberty Head nickels,


Don't be silly, we all know that nickels had pictures of bumblebees on them back then.

suppose they'd cut holes in the bottom of basketball goals by that time,


Maybe not. (1908, but pretty close)
   29. BDC Posted: July 20, 2014 at 04:10 PM (#4754739)
That's a great picture, Maranville. Speak softly and set a big pick :)
   30. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: July 20, 2014 at 04:18 PM (#4754742)
Wow, she's almost old enough to be Moursund's mother! Pretty impressive.
   31. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 20, 2014 at 04:23 PM (#4754745)
for those kvetching about the woman's ability to perform her duty please note that if you live to an old age you have taken just about every 'punch' life has thrown and remained standing.

so just relax already.

geez
   32. McCoy Posted: July 20, 2014 at 04:27 PM (#4754746)
They went to open ended rims with a closed net in 1892. Though many games were played in an environments without nets. Around about 1906 the net became open ended.
   33. Howie Menckel Posted: July 20, 2014 at 06:32 PM (#4754811)

just saw her throw the first pitch.
it was better than Fitty Cent's effort at Citi Field recently.

   34. AndrewJ Posted: July 20, 2014 at 06:36 PM (#4754816)
Her first pitch threatened to be the second-biggest story of today's Mets/Padres game.
   35. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 20, 2014 at 06:46 PM (#4754820)
Video of the record-breaking first pitch. Good effort, got it to the catcher, which is about all one can ask at that age.
   36. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 20, 2014 at 07:05 PM (#4754827)
McKee is easily old enough to be Harvey's mother.

my mother was born in 1908
   37. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 20, 2014 at 07:09 PM (#4754828)
and my mother was always somewhat embarrassed because her family did not know her exact birthdate. she was born at home and by the time anyone got around to registering her birth nobody could remember the exact day.

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