Ninety-year-old Woodstonian gets the chance to throw first pitch at Detroit Tiger’s game

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A 90-year-old Woodstonian will be throwing the first pitch at this Sunday’s Detroit Tiger’s game.

Bev Wilks turned 90 earlier this year in January, and for his birthday his family decided to give him the gift of a lifetime.

“He’s been a die hard Tigers fan his whole life,” Wilks’ son-in-law Peter Mason said. “He’ll be wearing his (Tigers) hat from 1984, the last time they won the World Series… This all came about when (my wife) Nancy and I were sitting there wondering what we should get him for his birthday.

“I just thought someone has to throw the first pitch and wondered how they pick those people,” he added. “I went online and found out that you can actually purchase throwing the first pitch and it all goes to the Tigers kid’s charity fund.”

Mason and the rest of the family all pitched in the $1,800 it costs to throw the first pitch and this Sunday they, along with 47 other family members, will all join Wilks at Comerica Park to see him take to the field before the start of the game.

“I remember the 1935 World Series,” Wilks said. “I listened to it on the radio with my dad and my grandfather.”

Wilks said he is excited to throw the pitch at the upcoming game.

“It wasn’t on my bucket list,” he said. “But it’s certainly a highlight in my life, second to my marriage … It’s something that I thought would never happen and I’m very thankful that Pete and my daughter arranged it. I’m looking forward to it.”

The 90-year-old said that he never thought he would reach this age, adding, “here I am.”

“I feel pretty good,” he said.

“I’ve got good health and I’m able to get around. Both my wife (Shirley) and I are happy to be as well as we are.”

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