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100-year-old World War II veteran throws first pitch for Twins

Private First Class Mickey Nelson, a 100-year-old World War II veteran, prepares to throw the ceremonial first pitch for the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. Private First Class Mickey Nelson, a 100-year-old World War II veteran, prepares to throw the ceremonial first pitch for the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. |  Photo: Minnesota Twins via Twitter.

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Updated: September 06, 2020 10:13 PM

Sunday was Armed Forces Appreciation Day for the Minnesota Twins, who had a special guest before their game against the Detroit Tigers.

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Private First Class Mickey Nelson threw out the ceremonial first pitch for Sunday's game. Since COVID-19 restrictions prevent outside personnel from attending games in person, he did the honors virtually from Hayek Field in Albert Lea.

Nelson, a 100-year-old Clarks Grove native, served as a tank mechanic in an armored division of the U.S. Army during World War II.

Last month Nelson made headlines when he completed a 100-mile walk to raise funds for COVID-19 food programs.

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