More than 90 years after attending his first World Series, the almost 103-year-old actor Norman Lloyd was back again at the Fall Classic, watching his Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Houston Astros, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Lloyd, who is perhaps best known for his role as the strict headmaster who fired Robin Williams in “Dead Poets Society” and the villain who fell from the Statue of Liberty in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Saboteur," was first at the World Series in 1926 to watch the New York Yankees, led by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, face the St. Louis Cardinals.
And, of course, he has a Babe Ruth story.
During the game, the Yankee slugger slid into second base and split open his pants. Lloyd recalled that Yankees trainer Doc Woods ran onto the field with a needle and thread to fix his uniform.
“An ordinary person would call time out and get a new pair,” Lloyd told the Los Angeles Times. “Not the Babe. He stood up, on the base, hands on his hips, surveyed the crowd and stood there while they sewed him up.”
Lloyd, who grew up in Brooklyn, said he has been a life-long Dodgers fan. He received the ticket to this World Series game as a surprise from friends.
“It is wonderful to be at a World Series again,” Lloyd said. “Baseball has always remained a passion for me, and I follow it religiously.”
However, the actor said, “I have to watch my language here [at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles]. Because I’m from Brooklyn, you see, and we were very naughty with our language. It was considered ordinary conversation.”
Asked if he has any worries, the actor, "Same thing I worry about every year in October," according to ESPN. "Are we certain we're not overusing [star pitcher Clayton] Kershaw?"
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