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At 111, country's oldest Yankees fan gets special visit to stadium

June 4, 2013

Baseball is a game that transcends age. People from all walks of life watch America's favorite pastime, and perhaps nobody is more indicative of that than Bernard LaPallo. At 111 years old, he has been around for some of the biggest moments in Major League Baseball history, and on Sunday the lifetime New York Yankees fan got the all-star treatment at a game between his beloved Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, reports.

When LaPallo was born in 1901, the Yankees weren't even known by their current name, and they were actually playing in Baltimore. It wasn't until several years later that they adopted their current moniker, but LaPallo has been there every step of the way. He claims to have met Babe Ruth when the famed athlete first came over to the Yankees from Boston. But aside from being a textbook baseball fan, LaPallo is also a paragon of healthy aging. He exercises regularly and even went back to school in his 70s to earn a degree in podiatry and reflexology. It's this commitment to his well-being that he says has led to his impressive longevity.

"Being old and shaking in a wheelchair, that's no good. That's hell," LaPallo told the website. "I'll get up every morning and I'll take my walk, come back, I can shave, I can bathe, I can do everything you can do."

LaPallo is one of between 200 and 300 people who are known as supercentenarians - those who have reached 110 or older. He also highlights many of the same lifestyle choices made by those in the recently released 100@100 survey from UnitedHealthcare. The annual study, which polls a group of people who have reached the century mark, found that 86 percent of 100-year-olds regularly eat nutritious meals, while 37 percent attended a social event every day.