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Vernon Sanders Law (born March 12, 1930 in Meridian, Idaho) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for 16 seasons (1950 - 1967) for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Law was a member of the National League All Star Team in 1960. He won the Cy Young Award, and tied for the National League in complete games that year with Warren Spahn and Lew Burdette with 18. Despite pitching with a sprained ankle, he won 2 games in the 1960 World Series for Pittsburgh against the Yankees, and left Game 7 (later won by Pitsburgh) with a 4-1 lead in the 6th inning.

His son Vance Law also played in the Major Leagues, primarily as a utility infielder.

Law currently lives in Provo, Utah, and is active with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons). During his playing career, Law earned the nickname "Deacon" for his clean Mormon lifestyle.

Vern Law has been credited with saying, "Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards."

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Preceded by:
Don Drysdale
Major League Player of the Month
August 1959 (with Willie McCovey)
Succeeded by:
Eddie Mathews
Preceded by:
Early Wynn
Cy Young Award
Succeeded by:
Whitey Ford
Preceded by:
Joe Torre
Major League Player of the Month
June 1965 (with Willie Stargell)
Succeeded by:
Pete Rose
Preceded by:
Ken Boyer
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
Succeeded by:
Brooks Robinson
Preceded by:
NL Comeback Player of the Year
Succeeded by:
Phil Regan


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