CP Crawford was born Aug. 25, 1907, in Jackson, Mississippi, a year after the Chicago White Sox won their first World Series. Crawford, who has rooted for the White Sox for more than a century, was alive when the White Sox won the World Series in 1917 and when the Black Sox threw the Fall Classic two years later.
He saw the Go-Go Sox take the American League pennant in 1959 and watched Chicago sweep the Houston Astros in the 2005 World Series.
Crawford saw all of that from afar. Until Thursday, he had never attended a White Sox game.
Crawford watched the Sox lose to the Kansas City Royals, but he was thrilled to be there. His trip to the South Side of Chicago from his home in the suburban village of Lansing was made possible by community activist Andrew Holmes, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“(Crawford) remembers briefly and talked about when they won the championship way back then,” Holmes told the newspaper. “He said baseball has changed, but he’s been a White Sox fan all the way.”
Holmes is the executive director of Club 100, which picks up centenarians in the Chicago area by limousine and takes them to a banquet and gala every year, the Tribune reported.
Once he arrived at Guaranteed Rate Field, Crawford received the red carpet treatment. He was wheeled out onto the field, where he was presented with a "112 Crawford" jersey by Chicago's newest Hall of Famer, Harold Baines, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“It was an honor for me to meet him,” Baines told WMAQ. “It’s incredible to first even be 112 then to be a White Sox fan on top of that (was amazing).”
First time out on a shoot for my internship with WGN! I had the pleasure of meeting CP Crawford, a 112 year old major Sox fan! This was his very first game. His enthusiasm was great and he got a foul ball! #internship #WGN pic.twitter.com/ANJtc8hVLQ— Yasmeen Sheikah | ياسمين شيكة (@YSheikah) September 12, 2019
“I’m so happy to be here,” Crawford told the Sun-Times.
"This meant so much to him," Shelia Huff, activities director of the Tri-State Village Nursing & Rehab Center in Lansing where Crawford lives, told the Northwest Indiana Times. "He's been a fan of the White Sox since he first came to Chicago when he was very young in age."
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