Former Dodgers ball boy throws out ceremonial pitch
Norman Berman, a West Palm Beach resident and Brooklyn native, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Marlins faced the Nationals.
Berman, who turns 85 on April 30, was 19-years-old when he joined the Dodgers as their ball boy in 1947, the year Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier.
When he learned he was invited to throw out the first pitch, Berman began practicing. Although he walks with the assistance of a cane, he won’t be using any support to make his pregame toss.
Growing up in Brooklyn, Berman was an aspiring ballplayer, an undersized second baseman who actually was once part of the Dodgers system. Because of his slender size, he was considered too small.
Berman made $7 a game being the ball boy. He’d sit on a chair a few feet away from the Dodgers dugout at Ebbets Field.
– Joe Frisaro