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  • WORLD SERIES: Astros wall ad spotlights Houston's First

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 24, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- At a critical moment in this year's Major League Baseball playoffs, pursuit of a Houston Astros home run ball at Minute Maid Park caused New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge to crash into a right field sign promoting Houston's First Baptist Church.

    Minutes later, the church tweeted to Judge, a candidate for both the American League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards, "Our church is more welcoming and forgiving than our sign." Read More

  • Rangers' spring training yields 'incredible' ministry

    by David Roach, posted Monday, April 03, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy of Jason Griffin.
    SURPRISE, Ariz. (BP) -- For Major League Baseball players, coaches and fans, Opening Day is a time to look forward in anticipation of the season ahead. For North American Mission Board church planter Jason Griffin, it's also a time to celebrate the work God has done during spring training.

    Griffin, pastor of Phoenix-area Freedom Valley Church in Surprise, Ariz., serves as chaplain for the Texas' Rangers Arizona facility in Surprise, where some 400 team personnel descend for spring training each February and March. Over four years of ministering to the Rangers, Griffin estimates 25-30 players and coaches have ... Read More

  • Cubs' curse notion rejected by Piniella, Coppenger

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (2 years ago)

    CHICAGO (BP) -- With the Chicago Cubs hoping to break the so-called "Curse of the Billy Goat" and win their first World Series since 1908, former Cubs manager Lou Piniella and longtime Cubs fan Mark Coppenger say their Christian worldviews lead them to reject baseball superstitions.

    "Really it's all bologna," Piniella, Cubs manager from 2006-10, said of the alleged curse. Yet there is "a lot of superstition" associated with the Cubs. "Over there in Chicago they haven't had success in so long that if you lose three or four games in a row," fans start to think, "Boy, the curse is on." Read More

  • Christian faith marks Yankee great's career, home life

    by Rudy Gray/Baptist Courier, posted Monday, August 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    GREENVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- Bobby Richardson played baseball for the New York Yankees during the golden years of the dynasty. He retired from baseball at age 31 and shortly thereafter became the first full-time baseball coach at the University of South Carolina, establishing a winning tradition that continues to the present. But the key to his outstanding career, his marriage of 60 years and his witness for Christ has been his Christian faith.

    Bobby met his wife Betsy at Grace Baptist Church in Sumter, S.C. She sat on one side of the church with her mother, and he sat on the opposite side with the youth ... Read More

  • New York Yankees call Ken Whitten 'mentor'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, April 14, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    LUTZ, Fla. (BP) -- Ken Whitten used to dream of playing professional baseball.

    But even though God closed that door following Whitten's college pitching career nearly 40 years ago at Eastern Illinois University, He reopens another door into baseball for Whitten each spring as Major League players and coaches -- especially New York Yankees -- descend on the Tampa-area Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz where he has served as pastor for 26 years. Read More

  • Yogi Berra, dead at 90, lives on in sermons

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    NEW YORK (BP) -- When former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra died Sept. 22 at age 90, the sports world lost a 13-time World Series champion. Some preachers, meanwhile, lost a source of sermon material who mixed humor with wisdom.

    Southern Baptist pastors -- Ken Whitten, Jack Graham and James Merritt among them -- have long quoted Berra's famous "Yogi-isms." Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, the three-time MVP was in the Major Leagues as a player, manager and coach for 40-plus years. Read More

  • Royals GM: character key to team's turnaround

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 31, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    KANSAS CITY (BP) -- Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore was headed off the field during 2012 spring training when a Royals minor league coach approached him. "Dayton," the coach said, "God asked me to tell you something."

    "Sure, what do you have, kid?" Moore replied.

    Moore says he will never forget the response: "Do your fighting on your knees." Read More

  • All-Star Pujols anchored by faith

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Tuesday, July 14, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    CINCINNATI (BP) -- He grew up playing catch just like any kid, except he used limes instead of a baseball and a milk cartoon instead of a glove. He often watched his dad play softball and carried him home when he got drunk after the games.

    Life in the Dominican Republic wasn't easy for Albert Pujols, but now the 10-time All-Star has come to realize that God had a plan for him all along. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Baseball -- routine plays & the sacrifice

    by David E. Prince, posted Monday, April 06, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Seminary professor David Prince recounts his high school baseball coach's lessons on routine plays and the sacrifice. "My love for the game of baseball, and the influence of courageous and gracious men who also love the game, like Wayne Mitchell, have helped shape my life," Prince writes. Read More

  • Baseball builds bridges with Japanese Peruvians

    by Aurora Flores, posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Lina White/IMB
    LIMA, Peru (BP) -- Peru's Nikkei , Japanese immigrants and their descendants, live and work among Peruvians, but their loyalties to Japanese identity and community can wind as tightly as red threads stitched around a baseball.

    Although their circumstances dictate reliance on foreigners welcoming them as immigrants, their own Japanese culture compels a slow acceptance of outsiders, said International Mission Board missionary Tim Mitchell. Read More