From a prominent neighbor celebrating Dodgers Opening Day with Vin Scully at Dodger Stadium to hundreds of local youngsters opening their careers with Pony League baseball, the sport is influential in local lives. In the photo above, with a background of the towering neon sign over The Grove’s parking structure and the giant clock on the Farmers Market Self Storage building, players in the Wilshire Warriors Shetland division (ages 5 to 6) play tee ball in Pan Pacific Park. The teams were the Rangers and the White Sox.
Vin Scully (center) was escorted to the field on Opening Day by longtime Hancock Park resident and former Dodgers president, Peter O’Malley (left), and Guggenheim Baseball Management partner Earvin “Magic” Johnson (right).
Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on April 12 was enjoyed, bottom right, by many Larchmont locals, including, left to right, Bob Clifford, former councilman Tom LaBonge and Joane and Wiley Pickett.