11/5/17 Correction: Elizabeth Sullivan passed away in her sleep on Nov. 1, according to her family. She was not watching the World Series, as we originally reported on Nov. 3.
Is there a better way to exit this world than to be 106 years old and doing what you love? Texas Rangers superfan Elizabeth Sullivan went out that way when she fell asleep while watching Game 7 of the World Series, according to WFAA.
Her team wasn’t playing, but this former math teacher turned diehard baseball fan originally from New Mexico left this world on Nov. 1 as the Houston Astros were about to claim their first ever World Series.
In 2016, Sullivan, a resident of Fort Worth who was 105 at the time, was invited to throw out the ceremonial fist pitch for the Rangers before they took on the Seattle Mariners.
The surprise announcement was delivered by Kirk Conger, a Dr Pepper representative (she drank three Dr Peppers per day). So, Sullivan went out into her front yard to practice, hoping to toss the pitch overhand when her big moment came.
As for her nerves at the time?
“You pass 100 years old and you don’t get nervous,” she told WFAA. “You either go to a rest home or behave yourself. I hope I can get it overhand.”
And, she did in fact throw overhand:
— Humankind (@Humankindvideos) April 8, 2016
In addition to her fondness for Dr Pepper, she developed an affinity for baseball once she retired from teaching. And, in 15 years of watching the sport, she never missed a Rangers game.
For her 106th birthday, the team and its mascot, Captain, surprised her with a cake and gifts to mark the occasion. The Rangers also threw down the welcome mat for her.
“They send men out here in a car to take me if I want to go to any of their games,” she told NBC DFW.
There’s no denying the Rangers will miss their No. 1 fan and her contagious spirit, but if we’re placing bets, mine is on the fact that she’s wearing a Rangers jersey somewhere, ready to pitch a fierce overhand strike.