Paul Henry Hopkins
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Paul Hopkins, who surrendered Babe Ruth's record-tying 59th home run on Sept. 29, 1927, died on Jan. 2, 2003 in Deep River, Conn.
According to reports, he died following a brief illness. At the time of his death he was reported to be the oldest living former major-league player at 99 years old.
He pitched in parts of two seasons in the major leagues with Washington in 1927 and 1929 and with the Browns in 1929. He finished his career with a 1-1 record in 11 games.
His major league debut came on the same day that Ruth hit his 59th home run in 1927. Hopkins said he did not know that he would be facing Ruth when he entered the game in the fifth inning with the bases loaded.
"Then (Ruth) strolled out from the Yankee bench and walked up to the plate," Hopkins said in an interview published in 1998. "I was not excited or awed."
He left St. Louis following the 1929 season after injuring a tendon and he returned to Connecticut where he went to work for a bank.