Sports & Catholicism: The Hail Mary, The Mamba, & The Babe

In this episode of The Catholic Show—the guys talk about the Catholic Church and sports and the fascinating connections between them. Plus all 3 hosts talk about how sports led to their conversions in remarkably different ways.

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • The origin of the “Hail Mary” play
  • How the Catholic Church taught Babe Ruth to play Baseball
  • The pro-sports team named after Catholic priests
  • Famous athletes that are Catholics
  • A debate on whether or not Jesus can hit a curveball
  • and much more!


14 comments on Sports & Catholicism: The Hail Mary, The Mamba, & The Babe

  1. Greg Fierro says:

    where do we get to see the pingpong match? i was looking forward to seeing it. Thanks

  2. Richard Dole says:

    Being the perfect hitter, Jesus would not swing at the perfect curve ball that would be un-hittable.

  3. Patrick Eoin Brogan says:

    Fr. Rich, you put forth a very good argument, but I think you were bested by Scheel.

  4. Melanie says:

    I found no cardinal shirt on the website….fake news! Grrrr

  5. Dr.Cajetan Coelho says:

    In the not so distant past – many of our Goa Parishes used to have a football field adjoining the church. On weekdays, boys would kick a ball around till sunset. Sunday afternoons were dedicated to playing real football matches against visiting Parish teams. Families would attend such matches and cheer their upcoming footballer, hoping one day he would make it to the top like Pele, Eusebio, Charlton, Puskas, Moore, Banks, Johan Cruyff, Rummenige, Beckanbauer, etc.

  6. This is a great talk show. Will listen more often.

  7. Tami says:

    I was going to agree with Father, however, after reading the comments, I’m going with Richard who says Jesus wouldn’t swing at the perfect curve ball!
    I enjoy watching your show every week!

  8. Leke Brisku says:

    Great talk show! Fr. that was the best answer ever. If you were being graded in Seminary, A++++. Jesus is perfect hitter and perfect pitcher because Jesus is perfect in all.

  9. Deb Arrup says:

    Thanks, Ryan , Ryan and Fr. Richard,
    Jesus can be in many places at the same time,hence,,,,,,,,
    He did pitch the perfect curve ball,,,,,,,and He hit the perfect curve ball !!!!!!!!
    Yup, that is what He does,,,,,,,and it’s all PERFECT!!!!!!!
    I am a first time listener……your show reminds us God does have a great
    sense of humor!!!!
    Triple “ R “, a really good SHOW!!!!!!!

  10. elaine says:

    Great episode! Learning new things everyday! Thanks! 🙂

  11. Mary says:

    Fr. Rich makes a great argument! I agree!

  12. Andrea says:

    Hi guys,
    Great podcast and I am a fan of sports films including all the oldies made in the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s about Babe Ruth, the origins of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, including the Hail Mary plays, right up to the modern classics such as Rudy, Remember the Titans, The Blindside, the Game Plan, the Friday Night Lights, and so on and so on. I have missed none yet I have only been a sports fan when I am with friends or when I was younger and dating.

    It’s always interesting learning a little more about you guys too, and RD your life took such a positive loving turn that eventually led you to Fuzati and a family of 6 kids! Interesting inquisition question, but why would Jesus throw a curveball He couldn’t hit, makes no sense, and probably not possible. I agree with RS. My answer is too late for the original poll but there it is.

    I am hoping you are adding to your subscriber list as well as viewers so that the podcasts can continue!

  13. FHL says:

    This episode of The Catholic Talk Show was the very first one I discovered, when researching the origin of the Hail Mary pass, early last year. Listened to it again today, with residual sadness for the family and friends and fans of Kobe Bryant. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, and may perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.

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