The Calling


Tatenda Taibu

Tatenda Taibu

Tatenda Taibu, the captain and wicketkeeper for the semi-resurgent Zimbabwean cricket team, has announced that he will no longer be stumping batsmen but will be stumping for the Lord instead. He’s retiring from cricket (in his prime, we may add) to become a priest. Taibu is not the first man to move from pavilion to pulpit. David Sheppard played 22 Test matches for England between 1950 and 1963, scoring three centuries, before he was ordained as a minister of the Church of England, rose to become Bishop of Liverpool, and was made a life peer in 1998. Any equivalent sportsmen in baseball who’ve left the game to become preachers, rabbis, or imams—especially in the middle of their career?


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