Playlist
Companion Content
  • Read Article
    01:35
    What Is Mindfulness?
    1 Min Read
    Read
    Dismiss
  • Read Article
    04:00
    Athletes Practice Mindfulness
    1 Min Read
    Read
    Dismiss
Companion Content
  • Read Article
    2:00
    What is Spina Bifida?
    1 Min Read
    Read
    Dismiss
Companion Content
  • Read Article
    0:02
    More About the Film: 'Living Free'
    1 Min Read
    Read
    Dismiss
  • Read Article
    00:12
    'Friends Call Me Chainsaw'
    1 Min Read
    Read
    Dismiss
  • Read Article
    00:41
    An Alaska Pilot Flies for His Faith
    1 Min Read
    Read
    Dismiss
  • Read Article
    2:25
    A Three-War Veteran Turns to Music and Poetry
    1 Min Read
    Read
    Dismiss
Companion Content
  • See Gallery
    00:05
    12 Wondrous Photos of Patterns in Nature
    12 Images
    View
    Dismiss
  • Watch Video
    01:02
    The Jumping Off Ledge
    03:45
    Watch
    Dismiss
  • Watch Video
    01:20
    'Places Like This': The Value of Wilderness
    00:35
    Watch
    Dismiss
  • Read Article
    01:52
    With Cash and a Coalition, Greg Carr Is Out to Save a Wild, Beautiful Place
    5 Min Read
    Read
    Dismiss
Companion Content
  • Read Article
    00:02
    Introduction: Mississippi Bluesman Leo 'Bud' Welch
    1 Min Read
    Read
    Dismiss
  • See Gallery
    00:20
    Musicians On Call Brings Music to the People Who Need It Most -- Patients
    12 Images
    View
    Dismiss

At Age 92, Veteran Throws Out a Winning First Pitch at Mariners Game At Age 92, Veteran Throws Out a Winning First Pitch at Mariners Game

Burke Waldron's swift jog out to the pitcher's mound at Seattle's Safeco Field betrayed nothing of his age. The 92-year-old World War II veteran was invited to throw out the first ball at the Mariners' Memorial Day game against the Padres, and he turned in an admirable performance.

"92 years old and still bringing it," the Seattle Mariners tweeted. After he sailed the ball to home plate, Waldron didn't waste a moment, uncapping a pen to get the ball autographed by catcher Steve Clevenger.

#THIS: World War II veteran's first pitch #THIS: World War II veteran's first pitch

World War II veteran Burke Waldron throws out the ceremonial first pitch on Memorial Day.

The month of May tends to be busy for Waldron, who served as a Navy 2nd Class Petty Officer from 1943 to 1946. On May 21, he walked the several-blocks-long Armed Forces Day Parade in Bremerton, Wa., as he has for the past 16 years.

"I dress in my whites and fall in somewhere along the parade route and just go with it," Waldron says in an interview with the Bainbridge Island Review. "It’s quite an honor to represent all those who didn’t come home."

A Utah native, Waldron served on a troop ship that invaded the Makin Islands southwest of Hawaii, according to the Review. He and his wife, Taye, who died in 2010, had five children, and moved to the Pacific Northwest 16 years ago. Waldron started a general contracting business, and he's still regularly going to job sites after waking at 5:30 a.m. to exercise.