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"This summer (1841) I played my first game of ball with the Prophet Joseph Smith. We took turns knocking and chasing the ball, and when the game was over the Prophet said, "Brethren, hitch up your teams," which we did, and we all drove to the woods to gather firewood for the poor. Autobiography of Mosiah Hancock, typescript, BYU

 

Famous Mormons in Baseball


Spencer Adams

Spencer Adams

(1898-1970)

He was born in Layton, Utah.   He began his Major League baseball career in 1923, with the Pittsburgh Pirates, one of the first Mormons in the big leagues.   He played for 4 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1927. 

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Danny Ainge

Danny Ainge

He grew up in Eugene, Oregon and attended BYU.   He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th round of the 1977 amateur draft.   He began his Major League baseball career two years later.   He played for 3 seasons and ended his big league playing career in 1981.
Alan Ashby

Alan Ashby

He was born in Long Beach, California.   He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 3rd round of the 1969 amateur draft. He began his Major League baseball four years later.   He holds tied the record for most no-hitters caught with three.   He played for 17 seasons on 3 teams and ended his big league playing career in 1989. 

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Brain Banks 

Brain Banks

Florida Marlins   He played college ball for Brigham Young University.  He served in the Washington Seattle Mission from 1990-1992.  He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2nd round of the 1993 amateur draft.  He began his major league career three years later.  He was traded to the Marlins in 2002.  He helped lead that team to the World Series that year.

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Barry Bonnell

Barry Bonnell

He was born in Milford, Ohio.   He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 1975 amateur draft (Secondary Phase).   He began his Major League baseball career in 1977.   He was reading the Book of Mormon one day, and Dale Murphy noticed and asked him about it.   He baptized him in 1979.   He played 10 seasons on 3 teams and ended his big league career in 1986

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