111-Year-Old Fan Bernando LaPollo Greets Yankees, But Age Disputed

Monday, 03 Jun 2013 10:53 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Bernando LaPollo, the 111-year-old New York Yankees' fan, is standing behind his story that he is the second oldest person in the world despite recently unearthed records that dispute the claim.

The Brazilian-born LaPollo made an appearance at Yankees Stadium over the weekend where he greeted Derek Jeter and his teammates while observers noted that his appearance that did not seem like that of a 111-year-old.

Researching LaPollo's claims, consultants with Guiness World Records told The Associated Press that the Yankees fan was actually born in 1910, not 1901, which makes him 102 or 103 years of age.

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"Many extreme age claims in the past have turned out to be false," researcher Robert Young told the AP in an email Sunday.

Considering he looks and acts as if he's in his 80s, the ten year disparity might not be a big deal to most casual observers, notes Yahoo News, though LaPollo still insists he's 111 years old.

In an interview with the AP on Sunday, LaPallo said he is often confronted by people who doubt his age because he's in such good shape.

"It is hard to believe," LaPallo told the AP over the telephone. "And because I can pass for 65 or 70, people say it's impossible."

Ekayani Chamberlin, LaPallo's granddaughter, told the AP that Florida's Social Security office incorrectly recorded his birthday as 1910 instead of 1901 in the mid-1930s and the family doesn't have an official record of his birth in Brazil.

"I don't have any doubt about his age, no," Chamberlin said to the AP. "My grandfather has never lied to us."

Chamberlin added that LaPallo's place of birth in Brazil has since been leveled, but Guiness researchers were welcome "to try to dig through the records."

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"At the end of the day, whether he's 112 or 102, I'll guess he's in a lot better health than Mr. Young," she said.

According to LaPallo, he had first met the Yankees when they were still known as the Highlanders and played at Hilltop Park. LaPallo had also claimed to have met the famous slugger Babe Ruth before he rose to fame.

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