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Couple makes Opening Day family tradition

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP (Angenette Levy) -- Opening Day is a tradition for a lot of families, but a couple from Deerfield Township has been going to the Opening Day games for nearly 70 years.

This couple could be considered some of the Reds' biggest fans. Lou Dollin's office is a shrine to the Cincinnati Reds with his books about baseball, autographed photos of past players, bobbleheads and baseballs. Over the years, Dollin has caught six or seven foul balls and has labeled each one.

Dollin's first Opening Day game was 1946 at Crosley Field.

"A friend of mine in high school, we were going to be 16 years old, and he says I have an extra ticket if you want to go. And I said, 'Are you kidding?'," says Lou.

He's been to every Opening Day since. This year will be his 68th Opening Day game.

"I always get excited for Opening Day. I can't wait for it," says Lou.

He and his wife Bev have been season ticket holders since 1976 when the Big Red machine was red hot. They have their green seats from Riverfront Stadium to prove it.

"It was exciting. It was just very, very exciting," says Bev Dollins.

The Dollins' now have some of the best seats at Great American Ball Park-- section 121, four behind home plate.

There are a lot of passionate Reds fans out there, but attending more than 60 consecutive Opening Day games? That's true love.

"Because Reds opening day in Cincinnati is by far the best," says Bev.

The Dollins' have their tickets all ready to go and are ready to make some more Opening Day memories. And despite the injuries, they think the Reds will do well.

"I think we'll be in the hunt. We'll do alright," says Lou.

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