88-year-old man still pitching softball

Sept. 11, 2012 at 3:15 PM
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FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- An 88-year-old Texas man who has been playing softball in a senior league the past 25 years said he believes the game added 10 years to his lifespan.

Troy Wammack, a retired bookkeeper who serves as pitcher and manager for the Fort Worth Senior Cats Gold softball team in the Metroplex Senior Citizens Softball Association, said he has been playing baseball and softball on and off since he was young and the activity has done wonders for his longevity, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Tuesday.

"I personally believe it's added about 10 years to my life," said Wammack, who retired in 1999. "My business kept my mind active and softball has kept my body active."

Wammack is the oldest player in the league, which includes 600 players ages 65 and up. Bobby Moore, 84, Wammack's teammate, is the only other player in the league over the age of 80.

"I'm mesmerized by him," said Jim Thomas, the league's president. "Can you imagine still being out there? You got 65-, 66-year-old men who can still hit the ball pretty good. He is a unique individual."

Wammack said he does not have any plans to quit the game.

"I haven't set a goal," Wammack said. "I just want to play until I get ready to quit. If I quit."

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