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6 Famous Mormons in Pro Baseball & the Incredible Ways They Shared Their Faith

After pitching a revered and rare perfect game in the minor leagues, Latter-day Saint Roy Castleton got called up to play in the majors in 1907, becoming the first Mormon and first Utahn player in Major League Baseball.

Since then quite a few Mormons have made their names in professional baseball, from Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley and Harmon Killebrew to two-time National League MVP Dale Murphy.

But along with their athletic skills, many Latter-day Saints in the Major League have found ways to share their faith in profound ways.

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper was the first MLB draft pick in 2010, and he hasn't been a disappointment. After becoming the youngest position player to be named to an MLB All-Star game, he won the National League MVP award in 2015.

And whether on social media or in responses to reporters, Harper makes his LDS standards clear.

"I feel I can be a walking Book of Mormon and help people on the baseball field and off it," he told the Washinton Times. In fact, on every autograph he signs and on his bats as an amateur player, Harper prints Luke 1:37: "For with God nothing shall be impossible."

One look at Harper's Instagram, which links to lds.org in his bio, shows that he tries to share his beliefs in his daily living.


The best package I've got in a long time!🙏🏻 #LDS

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Peace and beauty! #D&Cstudy

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Lead image of Bryce Harper from sportingnews.com.
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