So back to baseball. The new Orioles struggled unsuccessfully in that first season. The New York Giants won the World Series.
My own mental clock goes back to that 1954 Opening Day. As a young reporter assigned by a newspaper city editor to cover opening day from a feature angle, what do you think I looked for first upon entering the now-gone Memorial Stadium? A telephone, then a reporter's friend.
Later, calling a city desk staffer, I would dictate a feature on Opening Day.
Today would I locate a telephone? Of course not. I'd use my cell phone and not even have to drop a dime in a slot.
Bygone also are those men's snap-brim hats worn by many fans. And what happened to loafers and bobby sox, then on teenaged girls who took holiday from school?
Even in the 21st century, however, there are some constants.
Baseball fans still dream of a World Series victory and they go wild when one of our 2014 "boys of summer" hits a home run.