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StoryCorps: Sister Vincent Cecire

From: StoryCorps
Series: StoryCorps
Length: 02:01

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94-year-old Sister Vincent Cecire tells her friend Sister Catherine Garry how she fell in love with baseball.

Cecire2_small Sister Vincent Cecire became a nun in 1934, working as an elementary school teacher in cities all over the country. While teaching, she developed a love for baseball.
 
Here, Sister Vincent tells her friend Sister Catherine Garry how she first got interested in the game.

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Sister Vincent Cecire became a nun in 1934, working as an elementary school teacher in cities all over the country. While teaching, she developed a love for baseball.
 
Here, Sister Vincent tells her friend Sister Catherine Garry how she first got interested in the game.

Broadcast History

NPR's Morning Edition, 4/1/11

Transcript

Sister Vincent Cecire (SVC): I was in Brooklyn, New York teaching the third grade. The boys would come in with their baseball cards and I'd say, "It's not time for baseball. Now put them on my desk." And of course, while I give them work to do, I would look at the baseball cards.

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.

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.

I had a little boy whose father was a Philly. 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...
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Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Time now for StoryCorps...

As we head into the first weekend of the Major League Baseball season... many Americans will be tuning in to root for their favorite teams...

Including 94-year-old Sister Vincent Cecire (Suh-SEER).

Sister Vincent entered the convent back in 1934. Since then she's lived in cities all over the country, working as an elementary school teacher.

But wherever she goes, she brings her love for the national pastime.

At StoryCorps, Sister Vincent told another nun how she first got interested in the game.

OUTRO:

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 Amercian Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

The podcast is at NPR Dot Org.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Take Me Out to the Ballgame King Curtis Baseball - A Film By Ken Burns (Original Soundtrack Recording). Elektra 1994 02:05

Additional Credits

Corporation For Public Broadcasting, and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation

Related Website

www.storycorps.org/listen/