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A 95-year-old WWII vet threw out the first pitch at Tropicana Field

Alex Malter celebrated his 95th birthday in style, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Saturday's Rays-Indians game.

Malter, born April 6, 1918, was a Mess Sergeant during World War II and served in Iceland, England and France. After the war, he held a variety of culinary positions and after retiring from that career, sold commercial real estate. He still works out at the local gym more than three days per week and swims when the temperature permits.

Attending Rays games for his birthday has been a tradition for Malter since 2002. As for the pitch, he missed the strike zone, albeit only slightly. As a birthday gift, Malter posed for a picture with Rays manager Joe Maddon and received a ball signed by the skipper as well.

-- Craig Vanderkam / MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent