This Friar May Be the World’s Happiest Baseball Fan

There is joy in Mudville.

march-VV_POLI_US180360John Duprey

The year was 1965. Mickey Mantle, a New York Yankee, hit the first indoor home run at Houston’s new Astrodome. The Giants’ Willie Mays won his second MVP award. But one of the most enduring baseball moments of the year featured an Angel: Rev. Capistran Ferrito, a friar from Our Lady Queen of Angels church in New York City. Exactly why the friar was out playing ball in his habit—and church shoes!—on this day is lost to history. Fortunately, this award-winning photograph preserved the boyish joy on his face for generations to come.

Photograph by John Duprey

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest