104-year-old WWII veteran throws first pitch at 19U State Tournament

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MADISON, Ala. — 104-year-old World War II veteran Private Major Wooten threw out the first pitch at Sunday’s 19U State Tournament in Madison.

He served in the European theater during WWII as a member of the 764th railroad battalion.

Wooten is not only one of the oldest COVID-19 survivors in the world, he is about to turn 105 years old. He will be recognized at the beginning of the championship game.

When asked why he loves doing events like this he said it’s simple.

“It feels great, I love these people, I love Larry. It’s great, you meet a lot of people, I love the smiling faces, children, grown-ups, It’s great,” Wooten told News 19.

When asked about what pitch he chose for the event, he said with a smile, “I didn’t have one, I just got it to the catcher, but I was much better when I was younger.”

After the first pitch, the private had his own area, under an American flag tent with a portable fan to beat the heat.

The game started at 1 p.m. at James Clemens High School and was hosted by the Madison American Legion Post 229.

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