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�I have no clap left!� Ollie said, bundled up in her Twins fleece scarf, sweatshirt and hat while trying to make some noise as her favorite team took the field. Her once powerful arms that slugged softballs while playing for Powers Mercantile Co. in the 1930�s have lost some of their punch, but her love for the game has not waned. Her love affair started in 1915 when her father brought her to Nicollete Park to watch the Minneapolis Millers, she was smitten with one of the players, �Unfortunately I was only eight.� Ollie said. On this day, 94 years later, 102-year-old Ollie Hayes was watching her beloved Minnesota Twins for the first time in their new home, the day after they clinched the American League Central title. Back in her small room at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center in Burnsville, she is surrounded by baseball. Pictures of Joe Mauer and Target Field on the walls, her Twins hat rests on the TV. Sports sections that feature the Twins are folded in half and stacked neatly in the nightstand next to her bed covered in a Twins fleece bedspread.

Brian Peterson, Dml - Star Tribune Star Tribune

Bring on the Yankees!

  • Article by: BRIAN PETERSON
  • Star Tribune
  • 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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