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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 [1]McKee stepped on to the mound at Petco Park on July 20 before the hometown San Diego Padres took on the New York Mets [2]. 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 [3], 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.

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Fairwinds – Ivey Ranch Retirement Community
Fairwinds – Ivey Ranch Retirement Community
Fairwinds – Ivey Ranch Retirement Community

While throwing a first pitch can be an intimidating – even embarrassing – experience, as rapper 50 Cent recently learned [5], 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. [6] “I was afraid I wouldn’t.”

The Padres ended up beating the Mets, 2-1.

Watch Agnes in action, via YouTube [7].

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[3] Yahoo Sports: https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/agnes-mckee--105-years-old--will-throw-out-the-first-pitch-at-padres-game-181756368.html

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[6] KSWB-TV.: http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/07/20/105-year-old-throws-out-first-pitch/#axzz388ZvIlFC

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