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“The Prophet … frequently used to come out of the Mansion [House] and play ball with us boys, his son Joseph being near my age. [The Prophet] Joseph would always conform to the rules. He would catch till it came his turn to take the club, then, being a very stout [strong] man, would knock the ball so far that we used to holler to the boy that was going for the ball to take his dinner. This used to make the Prophet laugh. Joseph was always good natured and full of fun. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, (2007), 517–27

Spencer Adams
(1898-1970)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Washington Senators
New York Yankees
St. Louis Browns
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
Toronto Blue Jays
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.

  
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Catcher
Cleveland Indians
Toronto Blue Jays
Houston Astros
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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Brian Banks
First base
Milwaukee Brewers
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
Atlanta Braves
Toronto Blue Jays
Seattle Mariners
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 playing career in 1986.   CNN

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