OCEANSIDE, Calif. (CBS Cleveland) – A former Cleveland resident will make history when she throws out the ceremonial first pitch at PETCO Park Sunday when the San Diego Padres host the New York Mets.
Agnes McKee, 105, will be the oldest person ever to throw out a first pitch surpassing Kitty Cohen, who was 101 when she threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Toronto Blue Jays game on May 11.
“I am very honored to do this. It’s exciting and I hope I can get through it,” McKee told KSWB-TV. “I was really glad I got up this morning, I was afraid I wouldn’t.”
McKee weighs about 90 pounds and is just less than 5 feet tall. Her hobbies include bridge and bingo games, but she has been practicing pitching the ball underhand.
“When this happened I tried to learn some of the names of the ball players in case somebody asks me that,” McKee told KSWB. “My husband played baseball and we went to many games when we lived in Cleveland.”
McKee says her optimism and positive outlook on life has helped her to reach this milestone age.
“My main thing is to enjoy every day as it comes along, don’t worry about that haven’t happened yet,” McKee told the station.
McKee will celebrate her 105th birthday with the Mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer, and the San Diego Fire Department.