August 24th- Robert D. Hales
Did you know? Elder Hales played baseball for the University of Utah until an injury ended his baseball career.
During his time as starting pitcher for his high school’s baseball team, Elder Hales hit a pitching slump where his team lost three games in a row 1-0. The school’s paper wrote a story titled, “Hard-Luck Hales Loses Again.” Ready to quit, he went to his coach’s office to turn in his uniform, but instead of accepting it, the man explained, “Do you know why you’re losing? Your pitching arm is tired at the end of the game because before the game when you’re supposed to be warming up, you’re out there impressing everybody with your fastball and curveball. You probably pitch [the equivalent of] two or three innings doing that. Quit showing off and you won’t wear out your arm.” He decided to stay on, and the next game, pitched a shutout.