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Retired Mormon major leaguer on becoming a dentist, his uncommon journey

May 02, 2013
source: Deseret News

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MR says: AWESOME story about Brian Banks, who won a world championship with the Marlins during his years in pro baseball and now works to become a dentist after a knee injury. “It was also important to me to set a good example to my kids of the value of education, getting a job and providing for a family.”

The Dental Clinic at Primary Children’s Medical Center is one of the last places you might expect to find a former major league baseball player, especially one with a sparkling World Series championship ring.

Yet there is Brian Banks, standing 6-foot-3 and dressed in green scrubs, in the final weeks of his residency. Becoming a pediatric dentist is a goal the 42-year-old has worked toward since retiring from baseball in 2004.

Examining children’s teeth is a long way from the big leagues, but how he got there is an interesting tale. The journey includes a difficult decision to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an impressive sophomore season at BYU, an arduous climb through the minor leagues, a magical season in 2003 and several faith-building experiences along the way.

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