“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.” – Vernon Law
About Vernon Law
Vernon Sanders “Vern” Law (born March 12, 1930) is an American former baseball pitcher who played sixteen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played in 1950–51 and 1954–67. He batted and threw right-handed and was listed at 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) and 195 pounds (88 kg).
Law signed for the Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1948 and played for three of their minor league affiliates until 1950, when he was promoted to the major leagues.
Law was born on March 12, 1930 in Meridian, Idaho. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates before the 1948 season and spent 1948 and 1949 in the minor leagues.
Law was made an LDS deacon at the age of 12, became a teacher two years later and was ordained a priest at 17. During his playing career, Law was tagged with the nickname “Deacon” by Pirate broadcaster Bob Prince. According to Law, it was given to him by former Pirate teammate Wally Westlake because he is a member of the ordained priesthood of the LDS Church.
Law has been credited with saying, “A winner never quits and a quitter never wins” and “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.”
He won the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 1965 for his contributions both on and off the field.
(Source – Wikipedia)