Devoted Warrior fan Willard Teel talk’s baseball and the game of life

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Willard maintains a perfect attendance record for all games.
LEWISTON, ID - Fan's often come and go. When your team's winning, the bleachers are full, but when you need them the most, sometimes there are a lot of empty seats.

Well that's not the case for one fan who proves that rain or shine, he'll be there. Reporter Sophia Miraglio joins us from Harris Field to introduce you to a one in a million type of fan.

That's right Scott, this fan is 92 years-old and is batting a thousand when it comes to supporting hometown teams. And if you've ever been to a legion game or Warrior game more than likely you already know who I'm talking about...but if you don't here's a look at my friend Willard Teel.

The game of baseball is all about consistency, something that coaches look for and players strive for. And at Harris Field no one is more consistent than 92 year-old Willard Teel.

"My son sees that I get here, we put the scooter in the car and it helps me get around," said Teel. "It's been my whole life, baseball."

Willard was born in Louisiana and worked in Georgia before he finally slid into home.

"I was a paper maker all my life, that's what brought me here to Lewiston was Potlatch," said Teel.

A life that has since been mostly spent on the diamond.

"I love baseball and I am a member of the American Legion," said Teel. "I use to travel with them all the time on road-trips but got a little to old to travel now."

However nothing keeps the former semi pro-player, and avid fan away from Harris Field.

"They didn't have no bleachers or nothing," said Teel. "They would seat about 25 people that's all they can seat here. I was coming here then."

And he continues to come day in and day out, maintaining a perfect record for all American Legion and Warrior Baseball games.

"I made all the games," said Teel. "I'm just never able to stay for a double header though, I get tired."

Willard who plays the game of life one pitch at a time, never was prepared for life's biggest curve ball.

"I have melanoma cancer," said Teel. "I hope to out run it but the doctor don't think so."

Unsure of how many more innings he has left, Willard said he's just enjoying every minute of playing time.

"I don't know how many more series I'll be able to make though," said Teel. "That thing is already down in here. It's not gonna keep me from baseball."

American sportscaster "Ernie" Harwell once said "Baseball is a lot like life. It's a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life.

"If it comes it comes," said Teel. "It's something you can't fight so you take it, so anything you can't win from you stay with it!"

And while things begin to fade with age, one things certain... once a player always a player.

"I started out playing baseball when I was about five or six-years-old," said Teel. "So anything you can't win from you stay with it."

Regardless of the outcome Willard will end up with a 'w'.

Willard will turn 93-years young this coming December... and here's a fun fact: Willard built some of the bleachers here at Harris Field.