It has been an absolutely fantastic year for 107-year-old Virginia McLaurin.
Not only did McLaurin dance with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and had a party with the Harlem Globetrotters in 2016, she also attended her first Major League Baseball game at the Nationals Park on Thursday.
McLaurin was invited as the guest of honor to the game as part of Black Heritage Day, where she received a personalized jersey – which had her name and the number “107,” symbolizing her age, stitched at the back – from the manager of the Washington Nationals, Dusty Baker. She screamed ecstatically when she was presented with it. She was honored with a certificate that read “first game certificate.”
Born in 1909 in South Carolina and moved to DC. She has lived in the same apartment since 1939 and had never attended a baseball game in her life until Thursday.
“When I see it on TV, I’ll watch it,” McLaurin said, as reported by the Washington Post. “But you know, I never learned one game from the other. I just cheer for both teams. GO! GO!”
She also said it was important that she be at the stadium to celebrate Black Heritage Day as she thought she would not get an opportunity.
Her visit to the White House came after a social media campaign to get her an invitation was started more than a year ago, as reported by Morning News USA. Prior to her visit, she said she “didn’t think I’d ever live to see a colored president. I’m so happy.”
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“When I was young, I never thought I’d live to get in the White House,” she said. “And I never thought I’d live to see a black man there. I really enjoy everything.”
As ESPN reports, the Nationals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1.