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LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

Time now for StoryCorps. This might be the most optimistic week of the year. Technically winter is over, spring is just getting under way and so is the Major League Baseball season. At this point every team has the potential to make it to the World Series. Sharing in all that hopefulness, is 94-year-old Sister Vincent Cecire. Sister Vincent entered the convent in 1934. Since then she's lived all over the country, working as an elementary school teacher. And where ever she goes she brings her love for the national pastime. At StoryCorps, Sister Vincent told a friend how she first got interested in the game.

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Sister VINCENT CECIRE: I was in Brooklyn, New York teaching the third grade. The boys would come in with their baseball cards and I'd say to them, it's not time for baseball. Now put them on my desk. And of course, while I gave them work to do, I would look at the baseball cards.

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Sister CECIRE: Then I went to New Orleans. I was a Dodger fan and Sister Archangel was a Yankee fan. Teams would come to play exhibition games and she and I would sneak in the Superdome. We never missed a game - and they called us the Nuns of Summer.

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Sister CECIRE: When I came to Philadelphia from New Orleans, they took me to the Phillies, but I don't like them. At the seventh inning I have to stand up, but I didn't get up. I sat, 'cause they're not my team.

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Sister CECIRE: I had a little boy whose father was a Phillie. One day, it was the Phillies and the Dodgers, so I asked this little boy to give his father the little notepad I had, go to the dugout for the Dodgers. And he gave me a few autographs. I thought I was going to heaven.

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Sister CATHERINE GARRY: Is there anything that you remember that was one of your happiest days?

Sister CECIRE: Every day was happy for me, especially when I met Tommy Lasorda. I learned baseball in Brooklyn, and to this very day, I am a Dodger fan.

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WERTHEIMER: That's 94-year-old Sister Vincent Cecire with her friend, Sister Catherine Garry, at StoryCorps in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Their conversation will be archived like all StoryCorps interviews, at the American Folk Life Center at the Library of Congress. The Podcast is at npr.org.

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