Elder Renlund throws out first pitch at Camden Yards, reflects on time in Baltimore

The Apostle said his family’s time in Baltimore in the 1980s ‘changed us forever and changed the course of our lives’

Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles threw out the ceremonial first pitch Monday night, July 25, for “Latter-day Saint Night at Camden Yards” in Baltimore, Maryland.

Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles throws out the ceremonial first at “Latter-day Saint Night at Camden Yards” before the Baltimore Orioles play the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, July 25, 2022. | Hillary Martell Photography

Both he and his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, sported Baltimore Orioles jerseys and waved to the crowd, which included an estimated nearly 1,000 Church members. Elder Renlund then took to the infield and threw a strike across home plate.

The pregame appearance marked the first time an Apostle has participated in the ceremonial first pitch at Camden Yards. The host Orioles defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-1.

The Baltimore visit served as a homecoming for the Renlunds, who lived in the city from 1980 to 1986 while he completed an internal medical residency and cardiology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and she earned a juris doctorate from the University of Maryland.

During their time there, Elder Renlund served as bishop of a newly formed Latter-day Saint ward, and Sister Renlund underwent emergency surgery and treatment after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Four decades later, Elder Renlund considers their Baltimore years as transformative for their family. “It was this concentrated experience that changed us forever and changed the course of our lives,” he said. “I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that we don’t think about [our] experience in Baltimore.”

For more information about the event and they Renlunds’ time and experiences in the Baltimore, see the Deseret News article “Why throwing the first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles’ game was special for this Latter-day Saint Apostle.”

Maryland is home to more than 40,000 Latter-day Saints, worshiping in 83 congregations across the state. The Washington D.C. Temple in nearby Kensington, Maryland, will be rededicated on Aug. 14.

The Orioles have hosted similar events sponsored by the Baltimore Maryland Stake since 2007. While Elder Renlund’s July 25 ceremonial toss marked a first by an Apostle at Camden Yards, other members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have participated in similar events at other Major League ballparks.

Most recently, the ceremonial first pitch at “Latter-day Saint Night” was an interfaith team effort, as former Baltimore Stake President Michael P. Brady joined the Rev. Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway of Union Baptist Church and the Rev. S. Todd Yeary of the Douglas Memorial Community Church on the field, with the Rev. Yeary throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Aug. 21, 2015.

Subscribe for free and get daily or weekly updates straight to your inbox
The three things you need to know everyday
Highlights from the last week to keep you informed