During the 2011 baseball season, professor of religious studies Joseph L. Price will be traveling across the country performing the national anthem for more than 100 minor league baseball teams in 40 states. Locations extend from Manchester, New Hampshire, to Lake Elsinore, California, and from Everett, Washington, to St. Lucie, Florida.
His first stop will be in Viera, Florida, for the Brevard County Manatees on Opening Day for Minor League Baseball, and the final date will be on Labor Day weekend in San Bernardino, California.
Price, who has written extensively about the intersection of sports and religion, has been a baseball fan since childhood.
“One of my earliest memories of reading is of the newspaper report about Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series in 1956,” he recalls. “In a way I sensed a connection between the perfection of his performance and my family's religious standard that aspired to perfection. If baseball could have a perfect game, I thought, then surely it must be good. At that point, I got hooked on baseball.”