This picture is from the Barning collection and was taken at Griffith Stadium in
Your blogger has been an avid baseball fan since 1952, so this is my 60th opening day, but who is counting. For most of my years as a baseball fan, presidents and others threw out what was referred to as "The first ball." For a few years now, it has become "The first pitch." Have you noticed this?
I wonder when and why the change in verbiage happened. Call me a traditionalist, but the old way works better for me.
For us hardcore fans, to quote columnist and author Thomas Boswell, "Life begins on opening day."
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