Vernon Law


Vernon Law signed his first baseball contract in 1948 through the combined efforts of Senator Herman Welker and Pittsburgh Pirates vice-president, Bing Crosby. Made the major leagues with the Pirates in 1950.

Was a great pitcher for more than 1o years with the Pirates, and had his greatest season in 1960 when he won 20 and lost 9 and had two wins in the WorldSeries, he also won the Cy Young Award for his performance.

After injuries plagued him through 1964, he made an astounding comeback in 1965, earning player of the month award tor the National League in June and also leading the NL as a pitcher with a flawless fielding record. He received the Bob Mawman Comeback Player award from the St. Louis Sports Writers, the Babe Didriksen Memorial Award, the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, the Associated Press Comeback Player Award, and the UPI and Sporting News Comeback Player Awards.

The Meridian, Idaho, native has been known throughout the country as a great leader of men and was recognized as a great team leader. Law is now a high priest in the LOS church, an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and his family includes five sons and one daughter. Law has been an assistant baseball coach and special public relations director for Brigham Young University since 1970 and this year he signed a contract with the Seibu Lions of the Japanese Professional baseball league as a pitching coach for the next five years.

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