The very first pitch of the baseball season is a magic moment, an exciting instant in time. It is the end of a long winter's waiting and the rebirth of action. A week from next Tuesday when some stalwart pitcher (like Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees, pictured opposite) winds up and delivers the first pitched ball to the first batter, the future (the season ahead) becomes now (the season that started just a moment ago, with the pitch). Baseball fans like the Chief Justice of the United States (page 23) can finally put their plans into action and get out to the ball park. In the Chief Justice's case the park is Griffith Stadium in Washington, but for others it might be huge Municipal Stadium in Cleveland (center spread) or Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Wherever it is, a week from next Tuesday it will be Opening Day, the surest of all signs of spring.
WHILE OLD GLORY RIPPLES IN A LAKE ERIE BREEZE, 70,000 JAM CLEVELAND'S MUNICIPAL STADIUM, THE LARGEST IN BASEBALL, FOR A SUNDAY GAME BETWEEN THE INDIANS AND THE YANKEES
AT EBBETS FIELD A FAN IS SUPPLIED WITH BASEBALL'S TRADITIONAL STAPLE
HY PESKIN; MARK KAUFFMAN