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Erwin Sonderegger makes funny Cardinals Vine video

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By Art Holliday

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - There are a lot of great fans in Cardinals baseball, but there is one man who can only be described as a super fan.

His name is Erwin Sonderegger, and he turned 100-years-old in June. He says he used to dance like Elvis, was too shy to ask his wife on a date, and he loves talking Cardinals baseball.

"I have to sit real close to the television so I can see it [the baseball game]. That's my hundred years showing up on me. Other than that I'm in perfect health," said Erwin.

He has been watching the Cardinals since 1926.

"I remember Babe Ruth coming here in a World Series game here with the Cardinals so. Grover Cleveland Alexander pitched for the Cardinals," he said.

His favorite player today is Matt Adams.

"He's got a lot of power when he hits the ball it really goes," said Erwin.

Erwin loves the Cardinals, but he loves his wife more. Mary asked him out on their first date. Eventually, they eloped. He says his buddy died six weeks before their 75th wedding anniversary.

"I was very down for a while. When Mary passed away, but even now Mary wouldn't want me to be unhappy. She's not that kind of person," said Erwin.

Tom Wehlre is one Erwin's 24 grandkids. To win a Cardinals ticket contest, he made his grandfather the star of a six-second Vine video.

"We're trying to explain it to him, and the first thing he says is, 'I got to say something?' And we're like we're going to use that," said Tom.

"I gotta say something? I've been a Cardinal fan since 1926. I didn't live to be a 100-years-old to see them lose," Erwin said in the Vine video.

North St. Louis County residents may recognize Erwin as the long-time owner of the Ferguson Bake Shop. His son, John Sonderegger was a St. Louis Post-Dispatch sportswriter and columnist for over 40 years.



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