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Final out of Elden Auker's perfect game love story

Wright Thompson bids a sad farewell as they lay Elden Auker, who was the last living man to strike out Babe Ruth, to rest on Wednesday.

Originally Published: August 9, 2006
By Wright Thompson | ESPN.com

A great love story ends today.

For 73 years, Elden and Mildred Auker were married, inseparable. Their romance was the stuff of paperback novels and Meg Ryan movies. When he won a World Series game or struck out Babe Ruth, she cheered. When she got sick late in life, he rubbed her feet. As they grew old, they'd part with, "You know I've always loved you," just in case.

On Wednesday afternoon, in Vero Beach, Fla., their final goodbye arrives. Mildred is burying the man she met ...

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