Its the Biggest Day of the Year in Baseball
This should be the big day of the season at Seals Stadium, for it is Lefty ODoul day for kids, and he always insists that it be for the kids. Thousands of miniature bats with the signature of ODoul on them will be given to the boys and girls as they enter the park. Later Lefty and other Seals players will throw out baseballs to the scrambling kids on the field.
Peanuts are free today. Youngsters accompanied by their parents or some older person are privileged to sit in the grandstand. The others will mass in the right field bleachers.
ODoul gets just as excited about this day now as he did several years ago when it started, and the kids will storm over him when he gets within reaching distance. ODoul is a great deal of a kid himself and will always be that way, I hope.
Two games will be played today and ODoul and the kids will perform between games. If the weather is nice there will be a big turn out, for the older folks like to see the kids scramble for the baseballs and envy them their youthful energy.
Quite a few grownups who will look on today took part in some of the earlier scrambles on ODoul day and they will enjoy this one, for the kids of today have just as much pepper as their older brothers.
The first game of the double header will start at 1:30 oclock.
For this afternoon Lou Koupal and Bill Shores, a couple of big right handers, will pitch for the Seals and Bittner and Olds for the Oaks. This will be the last appearance of the Oaks here this year.
Its ODoul day and youre invited. If youre a youngster under 14, then you get into the ball park free of charge, plus a small bat and a bag of peanuts. As an adult, youll have to buy your way into the grounds, but the sight is always worth the price. To give you value received, there will be a double header. In between the two games, which means about 3 p.m., there will be held that spectacular distribution of autographed baseballs. A scramble from the stands, scattered around the fringe of the park.
Pete Maloney is on vacation. Senator Tom Maloney is in Boston, so Ray Schiller of the South of Markets [South of Market Boys] has promised a crowd of 25 from his organization to hand out bats and peanuts and assist in patrolling youngsters on the field.
There will be cheers for Frank ODoul and perhaps some presents, thought I dont know as to what. Its going to be good enough for ODoul if the youngsters have a time of it. Kids with parents or other adults may enter through the turnstiles. Kids on their own much go through the left field bleacher gate.