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Agnes McKee, 105, Becomes Oldest ‘First Pitcher’
Posted By Kotei Kotey On July 22, 2014 @ 11:10 am In Notebook | No Comments
Agnes McKee, 105, has become the oldest person ever to throw a ceremonial first pitch in a Major League Baseball game.
McKee stepped on to the mound at Petco Park on July 20 before the hometown San Diego Padres took on the New York Mets. McKee, wearing her very own Padres jersey – number 105, of course – and cap, wowed the crowd with an impressive windup and underhand toss.
According to Yahoo Sports, a member of the staff at Fairwinds-Ivey Ranch Retirement Community in Oceanside, Calif., nominated McKee for the honor, as the game came just a few days after her birthday on July 16.
While throwing a first pitch can be an intimidating – even embarrassing – experience, as rapper 50 Cent recently learned, McKee seem undaunted, having practiced months in advance to hold on to her walker with one hand while throwing the pitch with the other.
“It felt really good when I got up this morning,” she jokingly told KSWB-TV. “I was afraid I wouldn’t.”
The Padres ended up beating the Mets, 2-1.
Watch Agnes in action, via YouTube.
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