Orland resident, avid Padres fan turns 100 years old

Aug 16, 2014 9:13 PM by Ross Field

Jim Carroll, an avid San Diego Padres fan for 75-plus years, celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday, August 16th, at the WestHaven Assisted Living Center in Orland.

Many friends and family attended the party which was complete with cake and ice cream.

Carroll grew up in Indiana and moved to San Diego with his parents in 1926. He instantly began following the Padres and developed a passion for baseball.

In the late 1930's, Carroll married his wife Lucille. They stayed together for 75 years before she passed away.

Jim and Lucille were active members of the Padres Booster Association and they loved Padres baseball so much, here's how they spent their honeymoon.

"We got married on a Saturday night, on Sunday we went to a doubleheader, Seattle Indians and the Padres, it was in the Pacific Coast League at that time, 1937 I believe it was," said Carroll.

Ross Field asks, "did your wife love baseball too?"

"She sure did," said Jim.

Some of Carroll's favorite players include Tony Gwynn, Steve Garvey and Garry Templeton.


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