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By Deborah Carl

Vern Law on Vern Law

BURLEY, IDAHO -- One of the three best Mormons to ever play baseball spoke to this year's American Legion A State Tournament contestants at the pre-tournament banquet at the West Burley Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center on August 8. Idaho baseball legend and 1960 Cy Young Award winner Vern Law spoke to the players about the importance of good decision-making regarding alcohol, tobacco and drugs. He also stressed the importance of getting an education and having integrity.

Law started his career playing Legion baseball. "I could throw pretty hard back then and had some kids who were scared to swing the bat," he said.

After high school he had nine professional teams interested in recruiting him, but he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates because they were the only team representatives who did not enter the house with cigars. "I guess they didn't understand LDS people," Law said. Later, he learned that the Pirates bought the cigars for the other teams in order to have a better shot at signing Law. Law pitched for the Pirates from 1950 to 1967 with a couple of years off to serve his country. He had his best year in 1960 when the right-hander led the Pirates to the World Series with a 20-9 record and a 3.08 ERA with 18 complete games. He won the Cy Young Award that year at a time when there was only one given out in all of the majors instead of one from both leagues.

While his career record is only 162-147, Law said he played for some miserable Pirates teams. "In order to win, I felt like I had to hit a home run and pitch a shutout," he said. "We had guys who couldn't play catch without dropping the ball." Law is in both the Idaho and Utah Baseball Halls of Fame.

Law currently resides in Provo with his wife, VaNita. They are the parents of six children, including former major league infielder Vance Law, who was also an All-Star in 1988 for the Chicago Cubs. Vance is now the head coach at Brigham Young University, where Vern still throws batting practice occasionally. "I can still throw hard enough to make it challenging for kids," he said.


Laying down the Law
Twin Falls ID Times-News 9Aug01 S2
By Scott Thompson: Times-News writer


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