A free daily devotional from Mountain View Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Daily Devotion: Do You Know Who The First Professional Baseball Player Was?
Bible Reading: Mark 8:31-38
Key Verse: Verse 36 – “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
Key Words: For what shall it profit a man
Al Reach was baseball’s first pro player. In 1864, hard-hitting second baseman Al Reach left the Brooklyn Atlantics for the Philadelphia Athletics so that he could earn $25 a week. Fans objected to a player taking money for the privilege of batting a horsehide sphere with a wooden stick. But Reach set a precedent: He became the first salaried baseball player, thereby transforming an amateur sport into a professional one. Before Reach joined the A’s, outstanding athletes had been given money under the table – shares of gate receipts, gifts, and promises of political favor. By the end of the decade, baseball players were openly earning as much as $1,400 a year. Now, while $1,400 doesn’t seem like a lot by today’s standards, it was a great amount in the 1800’s. But whether you are making millions a year or fourteen hundred, it really doesn’t matter what one gains on this earth if they haven’t gained Jesus Christ!
What to do:
✞Richness of Christ or richness of the world…which do you choose?
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