106-year-old makes starting pitch at Marlins game

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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida woman has celebrated her
106th birthday by throwing the starting pitch at a spring training
game between the Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.

Maude Newkirk received a standing ovation at Roger Dean Stadium
after tossing the ball about a dozen feet toward Marlins catch John
Baker on Thursday. Young relatives rushed to hug her.

The Georgia native is no stranger to baseball: Thursday was the
seventh time she'd made a first pitch during spring training. She
began the tradition upon turning 100.

Newkirk has 25 great grandchildren, and there are six living
generations of her family.
Information from: The Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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