But he also spent part of his childhood in Kanawha County, living in Dunbar and Kanawha City. His father was a manager at Barrack's Auto Parts on Kanawha Boulevard. As a boy, he had a delivery route for The Charleston Gazette, he said.
His parents -- Bill and Annette Friedman -- moved to Florida shortly before his bar mitzvah and he graduated from North Miami High School.
People that Friedman grew up with and knew over the years -- including Orthodox Jewish religious leaders and Italian business owners in New York -- sent letters congratulating him for his 40 years of work at Charleston baseball games.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., also congratulated him.
An official West Virginia poster from Tomblin states: "Robert Friedman has been a staple of Charleston baseball for 40 years and continues to be a special part of 'America's Favorite Pastime' in both the Capital City and throughout the Mountain State."
Friedman said he plans to bring those letters with him to the ballpark tonight.
"And I will probably throw out the first pitch," he said.
He was sorry to see baseball end at the historic Watt Powell Park in Kanawha City, which closed after the 2004 baseball season.
"I was sad. But I knew is was the right thing to do to build a new stadium downtown to bring the business community back to the team."
For the past eight years, Friedman has also sold programs to fans at Marshall University football and basketball games in Huntington.
He said he still spends about 100 days in New York City every year. "A lot of times I go up there twice a month. But I never miss a Power game or a Marshall football or basketball game."
Thursday night's game, the Power's last regular season game at Appalachian Power Park in 2013, is offering half-price tickets to college students with their student ID cards. Thirsty Thursday also offers customers 12-ounce draft beers for $1 and 16-ounce cans for $2.
Reach Paul J, Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.