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Agnes McKee, 105, Becomes Oldest ‘First Pitcher’

Posted on 07/22/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeAgnes 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 …

Tony Gwynn, Baseball’s ‘Mr. Padre,’ Dies at 54

Posted on 06/16/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyIn college, Tony Gwynn read Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams’ how-to book, The Science of Hitting. It must have made an impression. The stocky left-handed outfielder, who died on June 16 at age 54 in Poway, Calif., went on to build the sort of baseball career with the San Diego Padres from 1982 to 2001 that little boys dream about. He won eight National League batting championships (tying Honus Wagner’s record), amassed 3,141 hits, had a .338 career batting …

This Week in Boomer History: Jackson State … ‘Seinfeld’ Finale … Wallace Shot

Posted on 05/11/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience President Richard Nixon nominates Anna Mae Hays (left) and Elizabeth P. Hoisington (right, with Mamie Eisenhower) the first female U.S. Army generals on May 15, 1970. On May 17, 2004, the first legal same-sex marriage in the United States takes place when Tanya McCloskey, 52, and Marcia Kadish, 56, say “I do” at City Hall in Cambridge, Mass. By day’s end, scores of other same-sex couples tie the knot. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure …

Ralph Kiner: The Slugger Who Became a Hit Behind the Mic

Posted on 02/7/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyAs a left fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians in the 1940s and 1950s, Ralph Kiner was one of baseball’s greatest power hitters. Kiner, who died on Feb. 6 at age 91 in Rancho Mirage, Calif., led the National League in home runs seven straight times, and once clouted 54 of them in a season, more than even Willie Mays or Hank Aaron ever did. Kiner had another gift. In his second career as a TV announcer …

Take Him Out to the Ball Game

Posted on 01/8/2014 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeJoe Price had just rolled back into town, looking weary but still possessing the excitable manner of a guy who might burst into song at any moment. He had just completed half a year on the road visiting 104 minor league baseball parks in 40 states, where he had sung America’s national anthem to start their games. It was a labor of love and academic duty. Price, who is 64, is a professor of religious studies at L.A.’s Whittier University, …

Lou Brissie: Baseball’s Wounded Warrior

Posted on 12/2/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyDuring World War II, major league baseball stars who were called up to serve in the military often got relatively cushy assignments, working as physical education trainers or playing in exhibition games to entertain their fellow troops. But not pitcher Lou Brissie, at the time a promising prospect coveted by the Philadelphia Athletics’ Connie Mack. After leaving South Carolina’s Presbyterian College to enlist in the Army, the 20-year-old corporal nearly lost his life on an Italian battlefield in 1944, when a …