Obit of the Day: Pittsburgh’s Oldest Sports Fan
When the Pittsburgh Pirates met the Boston Beaneaters in the first World Series in 1903, Flossie Carter was three years old. Although she was just a toddler living in Alabama at the time, Mrs. Carter would grow up, move to Pittsburgh, and become a lifelong fan of the Pirates and their counterparts, the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s saying something because Mrs. Carter died on October 16 at the age of 111.
Mrs. Carter, widowed in 1936 and never remarried, moved to Pittsburgh in 1954 to help raise her grandchildren. (When she died she had 10 grandchildren,16 great grandchildren and 21 great-great grandchildren.) She changed her allegiance when she moved, from the Birmingham Black Barons, a Negro League team, to the Pirates. She also began cheering for the NFL team but had to wait aboit twenty years to see the dominant “Steel Curtain” teams of the 1970s.
For all her love of her teams, Mrs. Carter never attended a Pirates or Steelers game in person.
On June 2, 2011, four days before her 111th birthday Pittsburgh celebrated “Flossie Carter Day.”
(Image of a visit to Mrs. Carter by Pirate Parrot on her 110th birthday is copyright Michael Henninger/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)