Bring on the Yankees!

  • Article by: BRIAN PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 20, 2011 - 11:39 AM

The once-powerful arms that slugged softballs while playing for Powers Mercantile Co. in the 1930s have lost some of their punch, but her love for the game has not waned. "I have no clap left," said 102-year-old Ollie Hayes at a recent Twins game, her first at the new outdoor stadium. Her love affair with baseball started in 1915 when she went with her father to watch the Minneapolis Millers play at Nicollet Park and she was smitten with one of the players. "Unfortunately, I was only 8," Hayes said. She has remained faithful to the sport, however. Her small room at Ebenezer Ridges Care in Burnsville is decked out in Twins gear. Pictures of Joe Mauer and Target Field on the walls. Her Twins hat on the TV. Sports sections stacked neatly on the nightstand next to her bed, covered in a Twins fleece spread, of course.

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