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WWII POW’s pitch opens Royals’ season

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(photo courtesy KC Royals)

Mr. Mitchell is one of the nicer people I’ve talked to. I was initially a little nervous to call him; I thought he might be reluctant to talk about his experience as a POW or being shot out of the sky. Why would he want to relive that time of his life with some stranger over the phone? Perhaps he feels like that was another lifetime, because he was perfectly willing to (humbly) tell me his story:

BETHANY – Dale Mitchell took the mound at Kauffman Stadium in front 40,085 roaring fans. Opening Day, 2015: The defending American League Champion Kansas City Royals vs. the Chicago White Sox. Squinting through sunglasses, his cap pulled low, Mitchell cocked his arm back and let his pitch fly.

If you don’t remember Mitchell’s name from the KC starting rotation, it’s because at 90 years old, Mitchell had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Kauffman Stadium for the Royals’ home opener. A former high school second baseman, he and a grandson practiced the pitch on Easter and the next day it was the Royals’ star third baseman, Mike Moustakas who was on the receiving end. Continue reading

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