Flossie Carter has loved baseball nearly her entire life, starting with the Birmingham Black Barons in her native Alabama and continuing with the Pirates when she moved to Pittsburgh in the early 1950s.
"She liked the Steelers, too, but she loved the Pirates a little bit more," said her granddaughter, who recently helped Mrs. Carter celebrate her 111th birthday.
She was born on June 6, 1900, in Birmingham to Sarah and Tom Aldridge. She worked for the Works Project Administration, the government program that helped to provide jobs after the Great Depression. She married Buster Carter and they had three children: Gurelene Carter of Homewood; Carl Carter of Middletown, R.I.; and the late Mamie Harris. Her husband died in 1936, and she never remarried.
In the 1950s, Mrs. Carter moved here to help raise her grandchildren. She has 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 30 great-great-grandchildren.
She never attended a Pirates game, but she caught every one on radio or television. Last year, the Pirate Parrot visited to help celebrate her 110th birthday. For the past seven years, she has lived at UPMC Heritage Place in Squirrel Hill.
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