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The Religious Affiliation of Professional Baseball Player
Lou WhitakerSource: Alan Schwarz. "In the Spirit of Koufax", The New York Times, 9 September 2001
Rare religious conflicts like Green's are generally accommodated without incident. Lou Whitaker
and Chet Lemon of the Tigers declined to stand for the national anthem in the 1980's because as
Jehovah's Witnesses they objected to the appearance of worshiping the American flag. In 1977,
the Milwaukee Brewers excused outfielder Danny Thomas from playing on Friday nights and
Saturday afternoons after he showed up that spring training claiming to have joined the Worldwide Church of God.
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