Bernando LaPallo, 111-year-old Yankee fan, is older than the team's name itself
At 111 years of age, Bernando LaPallo has seen it all from the Yankees -- literally. The name "Yankees" was given to the New York Highlanders in 1903, making Bernando older than the name itself. In fact, LaPallo was born during the same year that the American League was officially incorporated.
LaPallo was born on August 17, 1901, 13 years before Babe Ruth recorded his first MLB hit. Bernando had the pleasure of meeting the Bambino as well, remembering, "He put his hand on my head and said to everyone, 'This is my youngest fan.'"
Bernando credits his longevity on two things: obedience and moderation. "My father also told me to stay away from wild women and whiskey," Bernando quipped.
During his time visiting the new Yankee Stadium, Bernando was able to take in batting practice from the field and catch up with Derek Jeter and Joe Girardi (When Derek was born in 1974, LaPallo was 73 years old).
"This is one of the greatest sports days of my life," he said. "This is my first time here and I am so happy about it. If anybody had told me when I was 9 years old that you're going to live to see another stadium, I would have said 'You're crazy.'"
-- Matt Latimer / MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent