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Date of Issue: February 11, 2009

Play ball: Baseball season begins soon

Do you remember the first pro baseball game you attended? The first home run you belted out of the park? The first ball glove you oiled up or the first bat you buffed? The first complete set of baseball cards you collected?

The Islander invites readers — young and old, male and female — to reflect on their past and our national pastime as we prepare for the spring-training season, followed by opening day of Major League Baseball.

Share your baseball memories and baseball moments in words and photographs. E-mail reporter Lisa Neff at Please include a telephone number and home town.