December 5, 2020

Oldest living Dodgers fan still going strong, favorite player is Jackie Robinson (ESPN)


Editor’s note: This story originally ran on April 15, 2017 when Irving Piken was 108. Dec. 20, 2019 is his 111th birthday, and he is officially the oldest man in the United States. He still listens to every Dodgers game.

You’ll have to excuse Irving Piken if he can’t remember every detail of his first memory as a Dodgers fan.

There were, after all, 22 innings of baseball played before they beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on that memorable Wednesday afternoon. And Piken was just 8 years old.

Oh, and the game happened 100 years ago.

That makes Piken 108 years old.

The year was 1917. The Dodgers were called the Brooklyn Robins, and Piken, now the world’s oldest living Dodgers fan, remembers hearing people around him talking about that game by word of mouth, as there were no radio or TV broadcasts of baseball at that time.

“I remember the game,” said Piken, as he sat comfortably in a dining room chair in his…

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