"The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game...it's part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and could be again. Ooohhh...people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come."
--Terence Mann (Field of Dreams)
Love this pic of the Reds running out onto field for Opening Day 1963. Note a smiling rookie Pete Rose heading up the dugout steps for his first major league game. Frank Robinson, Vada Pinson, Gordy Coleman, Leo Cardenas, Gene Freese, and Johnny Edwards are also visible among the starting nine that day.
My Dad was up and to the left in the pressbox covering the game. My Mom, who had season tickets behind the Reds third base dugout for many years, was very likely close by as well.