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What's Happening With LDS Baseball Ace Vernon Law
(Catching up with... Vernon law, Pirates Ace -- October 10, 1960)
Sports Illustrated pg.15, 22May00 S2
By Richard Deitsch

PROVO, UTAH -- LDS Church member and Cy Young Award winner Vernon Law remembers some of the special moments of his baseball career. He recalls some of the tactics used by the professional scouts to recruit him to their team. He eventually decided on the Pittsburgh Pirates after their agent showed up with dozen roses, a box of chocolates and a special recruiter in reserve. "I remember the phone rang halfway through the meeting" recalls Law, 70. "You can only imagine the impact getting a call from Bing Crosby had on my mother." At the time, Crosby was part-owner of the Pirates.

Nicknamed the Deacon for his status as a church elder, Law carried a red spiral notebook throughout his career and filled it with hundreds of inspirational aphorisms. When he felt pain in his pitching arm in 1961, for example, he wrote, "Difficulty can be the means of opening up a new opportunity."

Law entitled his notebook Words to Live By. His faith was tested when the arm pain lingered for three seasons. He retired in August 1963 but returned to Pittsburgh the next year and won 12 games. In '65 Law finished 17-9 with a 2.15 ERA and was named the Comeback Player of the Year. Two years later he retired a second time, with 162 victories amassed over 16 seasons.


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