A 101-year-old who was a U.S. Navy yeoman 1st class during World War II will be honored as the Military Hero of the Game Wednesday evening as the Los Angeles Dodgers face the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium.
Theodore Berss enlisted in the Navy in 1944 at the age of 27. He served on the transport ship USS Golden City and the light cruiser USS Birmingham, both in the Pacific theater, where he was involved in enemy combat and rescue operations.
As one of the few enlisted sailors able to take shorthand, Berss assisted in court-martials and honorary commendations.
Berss was also a skilled drummer and pianist, and provided entertainment for his fellow sailors.
The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Moritz Wagner, the Los Angeles Lakers first-round choice in last week’s NBA draft, and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, their second-round choice.