101-Year-Old Woman Throws First Pitch at Blue Jays Game on Mothers Day

Monday May 12th, 2014

At 101 years young, Kitty Cohen puts many folks half her age to shame.

The Blue Jays fan, who is a mother of three, became the oldest person in Canadian history to throw out the first pitch of a ballgame before Toronto's Mother's Day loss to the Angels. She even jogged out to the field to do so.

Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole presented Cohen with a bouquet of flowers after her underhanded toss.

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Cohen walked in the Weekend to End Women's Cancers event in Toronto the last seven years and was asked by officials at Princess Margaret Hospital to throw the ceremonial first pitch at Rogers Centre, her daughter, 71-year-old Bernie, told the Toronto Sun.

Cohen, who walks every day, has had quite a second phase of life. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from York University at 60 and she finished her long career as a legal secretary at 67. She has been a widow since 1975.

“I think it is mainly my attitude,” Cohen told Terry Davison of the Toronto Sun from her retirement home. “Whatever I decide to do, it can be done with the right [frame] of mind. “And keeping positive in general ... because when you smile, the whole world smiles with you.”
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