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110 Year Old Ball Player from Philadelphia

Sep 26, 2006, 9:46 AM EDT

Silas Simmons, who is 110 years old, grew up in a rowhouse at 17th and Bainbridge.  His amazing story is featured in today’s NYTimes:

Simmons, known as Si, was born on Oct. 14, 1895 — the same year as Babe Ruth and Rudolph Valentino, and before F. Scott Fitzgerald
and Amelia Earhart. He played at the highest level of black baseball
while a boy named Satchel Paige was still in grade school.

The article says he still watches games today, unfortunately he has to watch the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

This is definitely a must read for any baseball fan.

-Baseball’s Oldest Old-Timer Opens a Window to the Past [NYTimes]


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