A 92-year-old WWII vet threw our favorite Memorial Day first pitch
By Chris Cwik |
On Memorial Day, Major League Baseball shows its appreciation for the country and its veterans. This season, teams wore camouflage jerseys and caps, and a number of current and former military personnel threw out first pitches.
While a number of our veterans acquitted themselves well when it comes to the national pastime, our favorite Memorial Day first pitch came courtesy of Burke Waldron. Waldron, a 92-year-old World War II veteran, threw out the first pitch prior to Sunday’s Seattle Mariners game.
As the Mariners announced just prior to Waldron taking the field, the 92-year-old navy veteran began his military service in 1943. He served at Pearl Harbor for some time, and retired from the military in 1946 as a petty officer, 2nd class.
Waldron is apparently 92 years old, but he could have fooled us. He runs better than most 42-year olds, and probably throws better than them too. We can only hope to have that much vigor at his age.
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