The Mormon Game : The Religious Uses of Baseball in Early Utah
Nine : A Journal of Baseball History and Culture
Examines the advent of professional baseball in early 20th century Utah in an effort to foster good relations between Mormons and non-Mormons and show Mormon members' commonality with the rest of the nation. Increasingly rowdy behavior and a decline in attendance at baseball games gave William Lucas, a sports entrepreneur, an idea to attempt clean baseball in Salt Lake City. Against many odds, Utah attracted sufficient investors within and outside the state to form a baseball team. Attendance and support in Utah was high. Baseball in Utah aided in proving Utah's loyalty to the United States, and also helped foster better relations between Mormons and non-Mormons.