Patron Saint of Baseball
Recently I was asked “is there a Patron saint of Baseball?” Hmmm. Interesting question. I found the reference to
From www.answers.yahoo.com I found this:
“If there has been a run on St. Rita medals and holy cards at Catholic shops over the past few weeks, blame it on a family film released in April entitled “The Rookie.” Based on a true story, and starring Dennis Quaid, it’s a baseball tale that opens with a couple of nuns sprinkling rose petals from a basket while praying to St. Rita over the site of an oil well near the little town of Big Lake in west Texas in the 1920s.
According to the story’s narrator, the nuns invested money in an oil well scheme that started to turn sour. When the nuns couldn’t get their money back a Catholic priest advised them to pray to St. Rita, the patron St. of the impossible, and sprinkle rose petals on the well site. The Santa Rita well, named for its patron, not only produced oil but also (according to the film) a couple of major league baseball players. During the 21 months it took for the well to start spouting oil the Santa Rita crew built a baseball field near the well, and played baseball to while away the hours. Some of the crew got to be very good ball players.
Funny that I have seen the movie “The Rookie” and I own it but I had to watch the beginning of the movie to remind of this. Saint Rita is also the saint of impossible dreams. Dodgers could use saint Rita’s help.
Here is the medal: