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By Tom Murphy
La Jolla Youth BaseballIt was a picture perfect day for La Jolla Youth Baseball as president Jim Benham emceed a down-home kick-off to the 2014 season on March 15.
Highlights included the National Anthem sung by La Jolla High School senior Vaill D’Angelo (third year running); a ceremonial First Pitch thrown out by Jim Weaver (who played in LJYB in 1950s, managed in the 1970s, and is now parent of twin Pinto players Louis and Alexander); and the official League photo taken on Bronco Field in Cliffridge Park.
A big surprise came in the form of a flyover right before the National Anthem. A 1945 Boeing P-17, once owned by actor and racecar driver Steve McQueen, circled the fields on cue, turned on the smoke, tipped its wings to the crowd and then returned to its hangar at Gillispie Field.
LJYB has 400 boys and girls playing on 37 teams in five divisions, ranging in age from 5 to 14 years old. As a recreational league, it’s “old school,” where the rules are based on player and skill development first and foremost, compared to the trend toward club and travel sports.
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