LDS Night at the Oakland A's

At "LDS Night at the Oakland A's," a choir of full-time missionaries sang the national anthem and a baseball legend was a special guest as the A's knocked off the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, Thursday, Aug. 19.

It was the first regional LDS night hosted by the A's. Smaller LDS groups from wards or BYU alumni chapters have organized outings to games in the past, but this was the first event to include all San Francisco Bay area stakes.

With the larger group event, the Major League team collaborated with the local Oakland/San Francisco Public Affairs Council to incorporate LDS-themed program features to attract a greater number of LDS fans. Jessica Scott, the A's group sales representative, was very pleased with the turnout considering that it was a weeknight and several schools had already started their new year.

The program included the missionaries from the California Oakland/San Francisco Mission singing prior to the game. Cy Young Award winner Vern "the Deacon" Law, the ace pitcher of the 1960 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates, was joined by son Vance and grandson Andrew in a pre-game mixer with LDS fans. Vern Law participated in a live interview from his seat that was projected on the Jumbotron during the third inning. After the interview, several long-time fans came to meet him. Many of the fans were just young children at the time Brother Law pitched the Pirates past the New York Yankees in the World Series.

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