7 Mormon leaders who have thrown ceremonial first pitches

Published: Wednesday, July 2 2014 8:11 p.m. MDT

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Sonja Eddings Brown, LDS Church News
Elder Robert D. Hales threw the ceremonial first pitch to Area Seventy Elder Nelson D. Cordova on July 19, 2007, for Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium.

Elder Hales was the starting pitcher for his high school baseball team, according to lds.org.
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Surfs Up
Huntington Beach, CA

Well Done!!

Springville, UT

You failed to mention that in 1978, Elder Paul Dunn threw out the ceremonial "first pitch" in the season home opener for the Atlanta Braves.

Ft Thomas, KY

Not sure exactly why, but for some reason this just doesn't seem right to me. It just has such a worldly feel to it.

Rexburg, ID

I don't feel like this feels worldly at all. To me this feels like a chance for the world to see the LDS leaders are normal, real people who lead faithful lives. This has probably started more than one conversation from someone who truly has questions regarding the LDS faith. I think its awesome.


I saw Paul Dunn do it at a Padres Game in the late 80's or early 90's.

Dr. Thom
Long Beach, CA

Didn't know they played baseball in Germany?

Jambo Dave

My wife threw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium in June of 1990. She is President of our Primary.

Laguna Beach, CA

I know he has passed away, but Elder Paul H. Dunn has probably thrown out more '1st pitches' than any other General Authority in history. From 1969 thru 1971 I served under President Dunn as a missionary. Brother Harmon Killebrew was a star with the Minnesota Twins and every time the Twins would come to Fenway Park he would invite President Dunn into their locker room to share a spiritual message with his teammates. President Dunn would always use his life experiences in helping those young ball players to become better men, better husbands, and better fathers. I wish all could see when a locker room full of ball players stand and give a standing ovation with tears streaming down their faces in gratitude for a man who never lost his 'zest' for saving souls. I know because he still impacts my life every day.
I'm glad the tradition carries on today.


I think this is cool. I wonder how this whole "Mormon Night" event started, and if all the general authorities who have participated are really Dodgers fun. Can we start a SF Giant Mormon Night too? :)Not that I really care about baseball, I just think it would draw a lot of attention to the church too.

UT Brit
London, England


I dont think the church likes to talk about Elder Dunn much anymore. He lied about some of his "life experiences" which led to his punishment from the church leaders.

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