Pray ball: Baseball service rallies faithful fans

2010 World Series logoThe Texas Rangers‘ dream season ended with a 4-1 loss in the 2010 World Series – yet even as championship fever is winding down, SMU’s Mark Stamm is still thankful for baseball.

Stamm, associate professor of Christian Worship in Perkins School of Theology, wrote a column for The Dallas Morning News explaining how the idea of a “baseball service” started as a joke and evolved into a litany of praise for the gift of play. The piece was based on his paper “Pray Ball? Reflections on the Serious Liturgical Challenge of Giving Thanks for Baseball,” presented during summer 2010 at the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture.

> Read Stamm’s column at the SMU News site
> Get a copy of Stamm’s original paper as presented in Cooperstown
> Check out A Baseball Berakah (Prayer of Thanksgiving) with Intercessions by Mark W. Stamm