"I haven't changed his diapers in a long time," she said in 2007 when asked if she had offered any advice on Cal Jr.'s Hall-of-Fame induction speech. "He's made it this far on his own, and I'm sure he'll do fine this time on his own."
In recent years, she has volunteered as a board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Harford County. "I find I really enjoy it," she said in the recent interview. "I'm not sure I made much of a difference, but they wanted people from the area who cared and wanted to make it better."
Neighbors describe her as the "kindest woman," who maintains an immaculate yard and always waves as she passes in her car.
The best place to find her is still the ballpark in Aberdeen, about 10 minutes from the home she and Cal Sr. bought 46 years ago. She threw the ceremonial first pitch at the first game in Ripken Stadium in 2002 and recently did the same for the 10th anniversary season opener. Moszer said he can count on two hands the number of games she has missed in that decade.
Sometimes, she hosts visitors in her regular seats on the club level, but just as often, she roams the park, greeting longtime fans and ballpark employees who call her "Mrs. Vi." She might visit her daughter Elly, who works at the stadium, or tease Cal Jr. and Billy when they're around.
"She's a cornerstone of this place," Moszer said. "She always will take the time to chat with somebody and the people here really know her as an ambassador in the community. She serves a motherly role."
Baltimore Sun reporters Mary Gail Hare and Mike Klingaman, and Harford magazine reporter L'Oreal Thompson contributed to this article.
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