108-Year-Old Mariners Fan to Set Record with Saturday’s First Pitch
The Mariners are set to break another MLB record on Saturday, welcoming centenarian and lifelong Mariners fan Evelyn Jones to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Safeco Field on Saturday, July 11. Jones, who will be celebrating her 108th birthday on Saturday, will become the oldest person to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game. The previous record holder was 105-year-old Agnes McKee, who threw out a pitch before a San Diego Padres game on July 20, 2014.
Jones, who lives at the Fairwinds-Brittany Park retirement community in Woodinville, was born on July 11, 1907, in the tiny central Washington town of Leahy. She graduated from high school in nearby Brewster in 1925 and attended one year of college at Cheney Normal School, now known as Eastern Washington University. She met her husband of 55 years, Stanley Jones, at a Saturday night dance at a local community hall. They raised two daughters on a wheat and beef ranch outside of Almira, Washington.
In addition to daily crossword puzzles, reading and watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, Evelyn tunes in to every Mariners game on ROOT SPORTS. Dressed in her Mariners gear, Evelyn retreats to her room to watch the broadcast by herself so the other residents don’t interrupt her while she concentrates on the game.
Evelyn credits her longevity to a diet of beef and lots of vegetables, exercise, and drinking alcohol only at Saturday dances. She also has good genes. Her mom lived to be 89, her father was 95, and she had an uncle who lived to be 104.