Opening day memories: From Seaver to Scully, Ted to the Ted

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1969 AP

FILE - In this April 7, 1969, file photo, President Richard Nixon and Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, center-left, join Washington Senators manager Ted Williams, left, in a round of laughter before the chief executive tossed out the first ball in an opening day baseball game at RFK Stadium in Washington. (AP Photo/File)

No game today.

On what was supposed to be opening day all around the majors, ballparks will be shut Thursday because of the coronavirus pandemic.

So while we wait and hope for baseball this year, some present and past sports writers for The Associated Press reflect on their favorite opening day memories, on and off the field:


April 5, 1983

Shea Stadium, New York

What I've always remembered was the roar.

Way off in the distance, coming full throat from an afternoon crowd I couldn't even see yet.