82-year-old former NSU star athlete throws MLB first pitch of the season

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A man who was a star athlete at Northwestern State College (NSU) and who grew up in Flora and threw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals opening day Major League Baseball game March 28.

Billie Roy Cook, 82, threw what looked like a strike to catcher Kurt Suzuki on the Nationals’ opening day March 28. Cook was a pitcher at Northwestern State where he is in the N Club Hall of Fame. His record of pitching in 37 games and winning 29 still stands at NSU where his jersey is retired. He was an All- GSC Conference pitcher three times at NSU. He played semi-pro baseball with the Homer Oilers.

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Cook and had offers from several major league teams but joined the U.S. Army as an officer. He served two tours in Vietnam in the 101st Airborne. He won two Bronze Stars, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, a Presidential Citation and several battle stars. Cook lives in Virginia.