The 2012 Clay Youth League (CYL) season officially began Sunday with opening ceremonies.
CYL President Kent Bass told The Brazil Times the league was organized in 1967. For 45 years, youngsters have had the opportunity to play ball on the fields in Forest Park.
Local Cub Scout Pack 45 presented the colors for the ceremony.
In addition, three former board members, all from the initial board in 1967, were honored. Former board member LT Clark also delivered an address to the crowd.
CYL officials elected to rename three of the four fields this year in honor of original board members.
The CYL Minor League Field was renamed in honor of Tony Jeffries while the Major League Field was renamed Sonny Smith Field. The Rookie Field was also renamed Francis Spencer Field.
The Babe Ruth Field will still be named Roy Brann Stadium.
Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham was also on hand to toss out the ceremonial first pitch. He threw a sinking inside fastball to Major League catcher Waylon Wilson. Wilson, 12, plays for Wilson Tek and is the son of Brian and Amy Wilson, Brazil.
Bass told The Times games are scheduled to begin Monday.