Gerald Mansholt (center), former bishop of the Central States Synod, threw out the first pitch at the Aug. 24 St. Louis Cardinals game at Busch Stadium. A lifelong Cardinals fan, Mansholt and staff attended the game with 375 members of St. Louis-area congregations to honor his 12 years of service to the synod. After singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" the Lutherans sang their own version of the song written for the bishop and his wife, Anita. Proceeds from group ticket sales for that game went to support the synod's fund appeal.
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