January 7, 2004 by

Paul Hopkins

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Paul Henry Hopkins, the oldest living major league baseball player, died on Jan. 2. Cause of death was not released. He was 99.
Four months after Hopkins graduated from Colgate University, he was called to Yankee Stadium. There he made his major league debut pitching for the Washington Senators on Sept. 29, 1927. It was the fifth inning and the bases were loaded when Hopkins took the mound. Three balls and two strikes later, Babe Ruth hit his record-tying 59th homer of the season off Hopkins’ slow curve ball.
Playing for the Senators and the St. Louis Browns, Hopkins pitched only 10 more games in the major leagues. The right-hander pulled a tendon in 1929 and retired with a career record of 1-1. Hopkins then returned to his native Connecticut, and became an executive for Shawmut Bank. He also dedicated a statue of Ruth outside the Orioles’ Camden Yards and appeared in an ESPN documentary.
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One Response to Paul Hopkins

  1. Elizabeth

    Paul was a great person to me and my brother who were his great grandchildren and we will always remember Paul and his wife Jean. The last time I saw him was a year ago and he looked great for 99 I just wanted him to know I love him.

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