An article appeared in today's local newspaper (The Charleston Times-Courier) celebrating the 108th birthday of resident Kathryn Byrd. Here's the pertinent part of the article:
"Kathryn Byrd's 108th birthday party will be her second celebration in less than a month. The first occurred on Oct. 27th when the Charleston woman stayed up late listening to the radio as her beloved St. Louis Cardinals won their tenth World Series.
Many of her neighbors at Lakewood Village were asleep, but Byrd's excitement kept her awake. 'I couldn't go to sleep,' Byrd said with a grin. 'I was 28 when they won their first World Series (in 1926), and I've been with them through thick and thin ever since.'
When asked if Byrd had her doubts about the team's performance this season, she said, 'I was worried but I stuck with them. I decided long ago I couldn't be the kind of fan who could leave them behind just because they were losing. My stubborness paid off again.' Byrd then laughed and proceeded to show off her large collection of Cardinals memorabilia, some of which dated back nine decades."
Wow. 108!! I don't know if that does make her the oldest living fan, but it's gotta be close. Happy Birthday, Kathryn. May we all be as stubborn in our love of our Cardinals.