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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

It's opening day for the Albany Dixie Youth Baseball league and their celebrating a big milestone their 50th anniversary. A former Mayor of Albany was there to throw the first pitch like he did fifty years ago at the Gordon Sports Complex.  

At 96-years-old, Jimmy Davis still has an arm of a young slugger. Davis served as the Albany Mayor several years ago, and he's back on the field to throw the first pitch just like he did half a century ago.  

"I think it's a great honor, and it brings back recollections of 50 years ago when I did it," said Jimmy Davis.  

It was at the Dixie Field where Davis threw the first pitch 50 years ago for opening day for the Dixie Youth League. The Kiwanis Club donated the land and games are still played here today.   But throwing the first pitch isn't as easy for Davis these days. He says the pitcher's mound seems a lot farther away these days.    

"There's a difference though, the distance looked like it had doubled in 50 years," said Jimmy Davis.  

Davis served as Mayor during the mid 1960s and league officials say it's an honor to have him back.    

"I think it's priceless to have somebody that was here fifty years ago to see what the League was doing then and what the league is doing now and Mr. Davis comes to just about all of our games," said League President Todd Davis.  

The league has 24 teams and more than 300 players. It's a legacy that Davis says he's proud to see live on.  

"When I looked out at the number of kids that came out and surrounded the field it impressed me at the extent in which the program is keeping our kids busy with constructive activities," said Jimmy Davis.  

Davis also served as the Albany City Attorney for 20 years before retiring. The Albany Dixie League has softball and baseball for youth ages 3 to 14 years old.