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WATCH: World War II veteran from NJ belts out national anthem at Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium (Matt Boulton/WikiCommons)

To borrow a line from legendary New York Yankees broadcaster Mel Allen, “How about that?”

On Sunday, Gabe Vitalone, a 98-year-old World War II veteran from Pompton Plains, N.J., performed the national anthem before the Yankees hosted the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium.


According to the Yankees, Vitalone served in General George Patton’s Third Army during World War II.

Vitalone sang the national anthem to fulfill a lifelong dream to honor the memory of Joe Romano, his best fried who was killed in action during World War II.

Following Vitalone’s performance, the Yankees went out and beat the Orioles, 3-1, to complete a four-game sweep of the series.

The Yankees are off Monday and return to action Tuesday to host the Toronto Blue Jays, who are half-game ahead of New York in the American League East.

The Yankees and Blue Jays will meet seven times during the final two weeks of the regular season as both clubs jockey for playoff positioning.

Rookie Deivi Garcia will get the ball Tuesday to open the must-win series.


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