Play ball! 'Mormon Night' is big in the big leagues

Dale Murphy recognized the signs.

There was the late-arriving crowd, the national anthem singers wearing black name tags and the 0-for-4 in the box score next to his name.

Then there was this sign, held up by a fan in the center field stands before one game: "Hey Murph, no success can compensate for failure at home plate."

It must be "Mormon Night."

During Murphy's 18-year major league baseball career, Mormon Night at the ballpark was a regular event for the Latter-day Saint convert and two-time Most Valuable Player. With Murphy representing the church on the field, fellow Latter-day Saints would fill the stands for a ballgame with an LDS flavor -- everything from a general authority throwing out the first pitch to missionaries singing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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