For perspective, Kathryn Gemme was 6 years old when the American League was formed, and 8 when the Red Sox won the first World Series. She attended a game in Fenway Park’s inaugural year of 1912 — at age 17. She would have been old enough to vote (except women didn’t have voting rights yet) when Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth on Jan. 3, 1920. She attended a game during the 2004 season, and the Sox brought the World Series trophy to her house on her 111th birthday.
Long before any of today’s players were alive, Mrs. Gemme used to sit next to a crystal radio set summer after summer and listen to the games, filling page after page with notes about each at-bat.
"She always had a yellow legal pad in her lap and she would write every play — runs, hits, errors, she kept everything," her daughter said. "She knew all the team members, she knew their batting averages. She’d yell at them, ‘Do it, do it! You can do it!’ "
When her husband, Ovella, returned home from work, "we’d sit down at the table and she would read it to him," her daughter said.
A truly remarkable life. Godspeed.