The “national pastime” is back in action at the Palisades Recreation Center’s Field of Dreams, as the Pacific Palisades Baseball Association officially opened its 2021 spring season last Saturday morning. The COVID-19 outbreak last March caused the 2020 campaign to be canceled mere days before the traditional Pancake Breakfast and although there was no ceremonial first pitch this time, Commissioner Bob Benton played a recording of Whitney Houston singing the national anthem, then the teams took to the diamonds to play their first games since 2019.
Robyn Casady, whose boys play in the league, was once again the chairwoman of the event. She was delighted to see her neighbor, Hollywood actress Kate Hudson, whose son Bingham plays for the Mustang Yankees. Hudson’s mom, Goldie Hawn, threw the first pitch back in the 1980s.
The program has more teams than ever before. In the Bronco Division, the Orioles beat the Red Sox, the Tigers beat the Yankees, the Cubs beat the Cardinals and the Pirates topped the Dodgers 15-4.
In the Mustang Division, the Orioles beat the Red Sox, the Yankees beat the Tigers, the Cardinals defeated the Cubs and the Dodgers edged the Pirates.
The Pinto Division Orioles, Tigers, Dodgers, Rockies and Cardinals all posted victories. There are also three Pony Division teams this year—red, white and blue.
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