In a world of endless performance enhancers, is faith considered among the most effective? On Oct. 12, Tony Castro will reveal the unique, modern relationship religion and sports share in his lecture, “The Religion of Sports: From Michelangelo to Derek Jeter” at 3:30 p.m. in Kayser Auditorium.
“In my research, I’ve found piety has become an unregulated performance enhancer in modern day sports,” Castro said. “From pre-game prayers to skyward points after a home run, we’ve made the Lord an unwitting, yet amused spectator.”
Castro will highlight the evolution of religion in sports. His presentation will explore athletes and Michelangelo’s unified belief that faith refines physical power and strength.
“Michelangelo painted Jesus like an athlete, similar to the physique of Tim Tebow,” said Castro. “This longstanding image of Christ has shaped the tradition of the game and the spirituality therein.”
Currently, Castro is working on a dual biography of baseball legends Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. He is a native of Waco and a graduate of Baylor University. His work as a journalist and author has earned several awards. His most popular works to date include “DiMag & Mick,” “Looking for Hemingway” and “The Prince of South Waco.”
“We’re excited to welcome Tony Castro to campus,” said John Wilson, interim dean of University Libraries. “His accomplishments in baseball literature and incorporation of religious attributes will make for a excellent event.”
A reception will be held following the event. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.baylor.edu/library/sports.