Nathan Petty, Mormon Newsroom

From Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, to former NFL quarterback Steve Young, several members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have taken the mound to throw ceremonial first pitches for baseball games.

A number of Major and Minor League Baseball teams have held a Mormon Night throughout the years, inviting members of the LDS Church to attend and participate in various ways. For Mormon Night events, some teams have invited a well-known members of the faith, such as Young and Sister Burton, to throw ceremonial first pitches.

Here is a list of 20 leaders and well-known members of the LDS Church who have thrown ceremonial first pitches, most as part of Mormon Night events.

Sister Linda K. Burton
Nathan Petty, Mormon Newsroom

Date: July 10, 2015

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Sister Burton, Relief Society general president, threw the first pitch for Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium, according to a mormonnewsroom.org.

Elder Paul F. Hintze
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Date: June 30, 2015

Team: St. Louis Cardinals

Elder Hintze, an Area Seventy, threw the first pitch at a St. Louis Cardinals game to celebrate Mormon Night at Busch Stadium.

Elder Richard J. Maynes
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Date: June 27, 2015

Team: San Diego Padres

Elder Maynes, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, threw the first pitch in San Diego for Mormon Night, according to Deseret News article.

Elder David A. Bednar
Mormon Newsroom

Date: June 27, 2014

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

During the annual Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium, Elder Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, threw the first pitch to Elder Jerry L. Garns, an Area Seventy.

LDS actor Kirby Heyborne and Emmy Award-winning television and film editor Erik Christensen sang the national anthem, according to mormonnewsroom.org.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Erik Isakson, LDS Church News

Date: June 28, 2013

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Elder Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, threw the first pitch to Elder Kevin S. Hamilton of the Second Quorum of the Seventy on Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium, according to mormonnews.org.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Mormon Newsroom

Date: June 29, 2012

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

President Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, threw the first pitch to Elder William Reynolds, an Area Seventy.

Alex Boye, a Latter-day Saint and former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, sang the national anthem for Mormon Night, according to mormonnews.org.

Elder Quentin L. Cook
Mormon Newsroom

Date: July 22, 2011

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Elder Cook, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, threw the first pitch at Mormon Night. The pitch was caught by Elder Jerryl Garns, an Area Seventy, according to mormonnewsroom.org.

The band Joshua Creek performed the national anthem before the game.

Elder M. Russell Ballard
Associated Press

Date: Aug. 6, 2009

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Elder Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, threw the first pitch to Elder John C. Dalton, an Area Seventy, during the 15th Annual Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium, according to LDS Church News.

Elder Robert D. Hales
Sonja Eddings Brown, LDS Church News

Date: July 19, 2007

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

On Mormon Night at Dodgers Stadium, Elder Hales, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, threw the first pitch to Elder Nelson D. Cordova, an Area Seventy, according to LDS Church News.

Elder Hales was the starting pitcher for his high school, according to a mormonnewsroom.org.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Dodgers

Date: July 25, 2006

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy threw the first pitch before the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres for Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium.

More that 8,000 LDS Church members were among the crowd of 51,334 that saw the Padres win, 7-3.

Elder L. Tom Perry
Brian Palmer, LDS Church News

Date: May 8, 2004

Team: Boston Red Sox

Elder Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and an avid Red Sox fan, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the team's game against the Kansas City Royals on May 8.

"It was one of those magic-moment experiences that you don't think you'll ever have," Elder Perry he told LDS Church News in 2004.

Elder Neil L. Andersen
Nathan Petty

Date: July 1, 2016

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Elder Andersen, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, threw the first pitch to Elder Reuben Acosta, an Area Seventy, at Dodger Stadium, according to a Deseret News article.

Elder Andersen threw the pitch from the top of the mound, which is something many people don't try. The pitch was a strike right over the home plate.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson
Riz Espinili

Date: July 15, 2016

Team: Los Angeles Angels

Elder Stevenson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, threw the first pitch at Angels Stadium at the 19th annual Mormon Night, according to a Deseret News article.

Elder Stevenson threw the ball 60.5' from off the top of the pitchers mound.

Mormons in baseball
LDS Church News archives

Bruce Hurst
"Bruce Hurst was drafted by the Red Sox in 1976 and became a fan favorite pitcher, winning 88 games for the Rex Sox," according to a 2005 LDS Church News article. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in November 2004. Hurst was honored at Fenway Park on June 3, 2005. He threw the first pitch for Mormon Night, as seen in the photo on the left.

Vernon Law
Vernon Law was a pitcher for the 1960 World Series Championship team. He threw the first pitch at a Batavia Muckdogs game on July 15, 2013. It was the first Mormon Night for the Minor League Baseball team, according to a 2013 LDS Church News article.

Missionary Anthony Burrup
Elder Anthony "Bo" Burrup threw the first pitch for LDS Family Night at a Baltimore Orioles game on Aug. 29, 2014.

While playing for Highland High School in Pocatello, Idaho, Burrup could throw a 90-mph fastball. Several colleges, including BYU, Oregon State and Stanford, showed interest in him, along with some major league teams. But he chose to serve a mission first.


Other well-known Latter-day Saints
Courtesy of Kate Hansen

Mitt Romney
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney threw the first pitch for the Idaho Falls Chukars on June 22, 2007, according to milb.com.

Steve Young
Brigham Young University and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young threw the ceremonial first pitch at a San Francisco Giants game on April 9, 2011.

Haloti Ngata
Haloti Ngata plays in the NFL for the Detroit Lions. He threw the first pitch for the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 28, 2012, and May 7, 2013. Ngata played for the Baltimore Ravens from 2006 to 2014.

Kate Hansen
Kate Hansen is a an American luger who came in 10th place at the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Hansen is a student at Brigham Young University and a member of the LDS Church. She threw the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers game on April 21, 2014.