What a Pitcher!

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Last November, Lindy McDaniel passed away. If you look him up in the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, you will notice that he was well-known in baseball circles. His pitching career spanned 21 years (from 1955-1975). He was an amazing relief pitcher who “saved” many games. 

Wikipedia makes one additional brief mention. It states: “He was a minister for the Church of Christ.” What Wikipedia doesn’t say is that in Lindy’s professional contracts, he had written in that on Sundays, his team had to allow him to attend worship services at a local church of Christ before a ballgame. Lindy was known as “THE Christian Gentleman” among the rowdy professional sports stars. He didn’t cuss, drink or run around on his wife.

During his sports career, Lindy taught and baptized many baseball players. After his last baseball game, Lindy preached full time throughout the brotherhood. When he died, at the age of 85, he was serving the Lavon, Texas church of Christ (near Dallas). 

Jesus teaches us: “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Mark 6:33). This is something Brother Lindy McDaniel took seriously.

Larry Fitzgerald 
Woodlawn church of Christ
Abilene, TX

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