Allentown Morning Call - April 7, 1980

Mayor Green to toss out 1st ball at Phillies’ opener Friday


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Mayor William Green will toss out the first baseball Friday night when the Philadelphia Phillies open their National League season in a game with the Montreal Expos. 


Game time is 8:05 p.m. 


Hopefully, Green will receive the first ball of the season from Kiteman III, T.J. Beatty. 


Twice before the Phillies have had Kiteman for the first game. Kiteman I intended to fly from the yellow seat in center field to the pitcher's he crashed into the orange seats. 


Kiteman II did a little better, but he still barely made it to center field. 


The pre-game show also includes aerial fireworks and the world's largest American flag, displayed in the outfield. 


The season's first weekend secies concludes with two day games, 1:15 p.m. Saturday and 1:35 on Sunday.