Baseball Veteran Chairs National Bible Week, Nov. 23-30
- 2003 11 Nov
Sal Bando, best known for his 16 years in major league baseball, is serving as Chairman of the 63rd celebration of National Bible Week™, Nov. 23 – 30. The annual observance has just one purpose - to encourage everyone to read the Bible.
Each year a nationally known individual from the professional or corporate sectors volunteers to serve as Chairman of National Bible Week™. Bando, who freely speaks about the influence of the Bible in his life, made the following personal statement for National Bible Week: “God’s gift, the Bible, is my manual on how to live a fruitful and meaningful life. I have found the Bible’s truth and authority to be restorative. In both my personal life and my professional baseball life, the Bible has been a foundation and a guide to work through life’s highs and lows. The Bible provides peace and strength for all my tomorrows.”
Bando’s baseball career included 11 seasons with the Oakland Athletics and five seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. While a member of the A’s, he served as captain for 8 years and played a major role in Oakland’s three consecutive World Series Championships in 1972, 1973 and 1974. Named an All-Star four times, Bando still ranks as Oakland’s all time leader in games played - 1,410, and runs batted in - 789.
In 1977 Bando moved to Milwaukee as a free agent and served as the Brewers’ captain for five years. He was named the Brewers’ Senior Vice President for Baseball Operations, a position he held for eight years. Additionally, he helped found The Middleton Doll Company, a company that grew to be listed on the NASDAC Exchange.
Actively involved in the Milwaukee community, Bando is a director of the Boys and Girls Club; serves on the Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Christian Athletes; is a Trustee of Cardinal Stritch University; a Director of The Middleton Doll Company; a Director of St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care; and Chairman of Batin’ 1000.
Together with Sandy, his wife of 35 years, Bando serves on the board of Child Abuse Prevention and Wisconsin Right to Life. They are also members of Legatus.
The first National Bible Week™ was organized in 1941 to offer the nation a source of comfort and hope in the dark days when Europe was engulfed in World War II. Since then, civic and fraternal groups, public libraries and religious organizations have cooperated to organize special activities and events to promote the reading of the Bible.
The sponsoring organization, National Bible Association, is governed solely by business and professional leaders, and has no official ties to any religious or faith community. National Bible Association does not publish or promote any one version of the Bible.
For further information about observing National Bible Week, visit www.nationalbible.org on the internet.
Bible Reading for This Week:
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003
Monday, Nov. 24, 2003
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003
I Thessalonians 3.6-13
Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003
Friday, Nov. 28, 2003
I Thessalonians 5.1-24
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003