Bulls

94-year-old WWII vet to throw out first pitch at Bulls game Friday

Posted June 5, 2014

— Dub Karriker, a recipient of the Purple Heart who was wounded on Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy 70 years ago, will throw out the first pitch Friday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park before the Bulls game against Pawtucket.

Friday marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the allied invasion of Normandy during World War II where casualties numbered in the thousands.

The 94-year-old Karriker went on to coach Babe Ruth League baseball in Arkansas for 60 years after leaving the service. He was at DBAP last Friday to practice the first pitch saying that if he knew how big the park was, he would have been more nervous to accept the invitation.

Post-war, Karriker has been recognized for his baseball efforts with inductions into the Babe Ruth Southwest Region Hall of Fame as well as the Union County (Ark.) Sports Hall of Fame. He was given the 2011 Babe Ruth Lefty Gomez Volunteer of the Year Award – the highest honor given in the Babe Ruth League.

In 2009, Karriker was certified as the oldest youth baseball coach in the United States at the age of 90.

The Bulls take on Pawtucket in the third of a four-game set Thursday. The teams will wrap up the series Friday night at DBAP starting at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m.



8 Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Doc Holliday Jun 5, 2014

    View quoted thread


    +1

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jun 5, 2014

    I bet his arm is BETTER than "fitty cent's"
    Great to see these HEROES are still celebrated as HEROES!

  • fifefan4life Jun 5, 2014

    God bless you, and thank you for your service Mr. Karriker!

  • Kenny Dunn Jun 5, 2014

    They deserve all the recognition we can give them.

    Sadly, they are disappearing at an ever increasing rate. Wonderful that we still have a few who were involved in D-Day to celebrate.

  • NC Reader Jun 5, 2014

    Wonderful! I wish I could be there.

  • Jeanne Gunn Jun 5, 2014

    Great idea!

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 5, 2014

    So cool!!!
    Bless his heart.

  • Michael Lashley Jun 5, 2014

    Great news!

  • NHL Playoffs: Teams TBD

    Saturday at 12:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Kentucky Derby

    Saturday at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NHL Playoffs: Teams TBD

    Saturday at 7:15 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MLB: LA Dodgers vs. Toronto

    Saturday at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • Kentucky Derby

    Saturday at 5:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NASL: RailHawks vs. Ft. Lauderdale

    Saturday at 7:30 pm on 1550 The Ticket

NBA Scoreboard
Miami 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 CT23:00
Preview
Toronto 
 
Portland 7:30 PT8:30 MT9:30 CT10:30 ET2:30 GMT10:30 7:30 MST9:30 EST6:30 UAE (+1)04:3022:30 ET9:30 CT1:30
Preview
Golden State 
 
NHL Scoreboard
Tampa Bay 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET8:00 BRT
Preview
NY Islanders 
 
San Jose 6:00 PT7:00 MT8:00 CT9:00 ET1:00 GMT9:00 北京时间6:00 MST8:00 EST5:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ET10:00 BRT
Preview
Nashville 
 
Dallas 6:30 PT7:30 MT8:30 CT9:30 ET1:30 GMT9:30 北京时间6:30 MST8:30 EST5:30 UAE (+1)21:30 ET10:30 BRT
Preview
St. Louis 
 
MLB Scoreboard
Interleague
LA Angels05:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Milwaukee0
 
Washington05:15 PT6:15 MT7:15 CT8:15 ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 MST7:15 EST7:45 VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 CT
Preview
Kansas City0
American League
Detroit03:10 PT4:10 MT5:10 CT6:10 ET18:10 ET22:10 GMT6:10 3:10 MST5:10 EST5:40 VEN2:10 UAE (+1)5:10 CT
Preview
Cleveland0
 
NY Yankees04:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 CT
Preview
Baltimore0
 
Texas04:07 PT5:07 MT6:07 CT7:07 ET19:07 ET23:07 GMT7:07 4:07 MST6:07 EST6:37 VEN3:07 UAE (+1)6:07 CT
Preview
Toronto0
 
Boston05:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Chi White Sox0
 
Minnesota05:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Houston0
 
Seattle07:05 PT8:05 MT9:05 CT10:05 ET22:05 ET2:05 GMT10:05 7:05 MST9:05 EST9:35 VEN6:05 UAE (+1)9:05 CT
Preview
Oakland0
National League
Chi Cubs04:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 CT
Preview
Pittsburgh0
 
San Francisco04:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Cincinnati0
 
Atlanta04:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
NY Mets0
 
Arizona 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Miami 
 
Philadelphia05:15 PT6:15 MT7:15 CT8:15 ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 MST7:15 EST7:45 VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 CT
Preview
St. Louis0
 
Colorado 7:10 PT8:10 MT9:10 CT10:10 ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 MST9:10 EST9:40 VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 CT
Preview
San Diego 
 
Zurich Classic (PGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1B. Stuard - z-15F
2tB. An - y-15F
2tJ. Lovemark - y-15F
4B. Wyatt-14F
5tC. Kirk-13F
5tJ. Day-13F
5tJ. Vegas-13F
8tB. Molder-11F
8tP. Kizzire-11F
8tH. Varner III-11F
View Full Leaderboard
z = Won in Playoff   y = Lost in Playoff
 
Texas LPGA (LPGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1J. Shin-14F
2tM. Hur-12F
2tG. Piller-12F
2tA. Yang-12F
5S. Feng-10F
6A. Jutanugarn-8F
7tN. Choi-7F
7tE. Ji-7F
7tS. Kim-7F
10tK. Icher-6F
View Full Leaderboard
 
ATP Scoreboard
Tuesday, May 3
(ATP/WTA)
First Round
(13) G. Monfils6 6    
K. Anderson4 1    
(15) R. Bautista A6 7    
S. Giraldo3 5    
G. Pella67 4    
N. Kyrgios79 6    
J. Sock2 6 77   
B. Paire6 2 65   
D. Kudla67 77 77   
I. Karlovic79 65 64   
P. Cuevas6 3 77   
P. Kohlschrei3 6 65   
F. Fognini6 6    
B. Tomic2 4    
(14) D. Thiem65 3    
J. del Potro77 6    
A. Ramos-Vino6 6    
J. Chardy3 4    
P. Carreno Bu77 6    
G. Dimitrov63 3    
N. Almagro2 2    
B. Coric6 6    
Second Round
(5) R. Nadal6 6    
A. Kuznetsov3 3    
(11) M. Raonic6 63 6   
A. Dolgopolov4 77 2   
(2) A. Murray77 3 6   
R. Stepanek63 6 1   
(10) R. Gasquet6 3 6   
F. Verdasco4 6 1   
 
WTA Scoreboard
Tuesday, May 3
(ATP/WTA)
Second Round
(6) S. Halep6 6    
K. Knapp1 1    
(10) T. Bacsinszky6 5 6   
E. Makarova4 7 4   
(8) C. Suarez Nav6 6    
S. Lisicki3 2    
(11) L. Safarova     
S. Stosur     
D. Cibulkova0 6 6   
C. Garcia6 3 4   
A. Pavlyuchen     
C. Giorgi     
L. Siegemund6 3 6   
M. Lucic-Baro2 6 3   
S. Cirstea6 5    
D. Kovinic3 4