One-hundred-eight-year-old Seattle Mariners fan Evelyn Jones made history by being the oldest person to throw the ceremonial first pitch in MLB history when she did so on her birthday on July 11 against the Los Angeles Angels.
Evelyn Jones is now a household name among Major League Baseball fans.
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That's because Jones became the oldest person to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at an MLB game when she did so for the Seattle Mariners' game against the visiting Los Angeles Angels on July 11, per The Seattle Times' Ryan Divish.
Jones, a Mariners fan, threw out the first pitch on Saturday to celebrate her 108th birthday, per The Seattle Times.
According to ESPN senior writer Jim Caple, Jones' feat coincides with the 101st anniversary of Babe Ruth's first major-league pitch. Ruth first pitched in the bigs in 1914, when Jones was just seven years old.
When Jones took the Safeco Field turf on Thursday, she wore a Mariners jersey with the number "108" stitched on it. Her daughter, Kay Vea, and her two grandchildren, Brad Vea and Robin Schifferman, accompanied her, per Caple.
Jones did not go on the mound to throw out the first pitch. Caple says "she lobbed the ball to (Mariners pitcher) Felix Hernandez near home plate."
Hernandez hugged Jones and then gave her back the ball. Jones was all smiles, per ESPN.
Jones watches Mariners games on television daily. Divish says she was already 70 years old when the Mariners' oldest player, Joe Beimel, was born in 1977.
Kay Vea told Caple about her parents' fanaticism for sports:
"She and my dad watched all sports. She loved the (Seattle) Sonics, she loved the (Seattle) Seahawks but she really loved the Mariners. She says, 'I love the Mariners!' She and my dad never missed games and she still doesn't, which I think is pretty good for 108."
Jones beats the old record previously held by 105-year-old Agnes McKee, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a San Diego Padres game on July 20, 2014, per Divish.
Jones was born in 1907 in Leahy, Washington. She is a Brewster High School alumna, having graduated from the school in 1925, per The Seattle Times.
She and her husband Stanley raised their two daughters on a cattle ranch in the outskirst of Almira, Wa. per Divish. The Jones have been married for 55 years.
Jones told the Mariners (via The Seattle Post Intelligencer's Samantha Pell) she credits her longevity to a "diet of beef and lots of vegetables, exercise, and only drinking alcohol at Saturday night dances."
Caple adds Jones eats "home-baked wheat bread rather than store-brought bread." As far as exercise was concerned, Jones walked three miles daily until she reached the age of 96.
Brad Vea told ESPN his grandmother didn't walk on Sundays "because there was football."
Jones told Caple her one piece of advice for people if they want to live longer is to "keep having birthdays."
Jones has six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four great, great-grandchildren, per ESPN. When Caple asked her who her all-time favorite Mariners player is, she said, "I like them all."
She now lives at the Fairwinds- Brittany Park retirement community, per The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
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