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Seneca Falls WWII vet throw first pitch at Yankees-Tigers game (video)

On Thursday, Joseph “Jiggs” Petrucci of Seneca Falls threw out the first pitch of a Major League Baseball spring training game between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Florida where he spends his winters. Check out a video of the ceremonial first pitch below.

From the FL Times:

Petrucci, 94, enlisted in the Army in June 1944 at the age of 18. He spent two weeks in basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., before moving to Fort McClellan, Ala., for 17 weeks of infantry training.

He was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division (Indian Head Division) and began serving on the Siegfried Line in Germany Dec. 14, 1944. Two days after that the Germans launched the greatest military offensive in their history, an effort that wound up remembered as the “Battle of the Bulge.”  Read more at