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Our Story
A Tribute to Billy Sunday
William Ashley Sunday (November 19, 1862 – November 6, 1935) was an American
athlete who, after being a popular outfielder in baseball's National League during
the 1880s, became the most celebrated and influential American evangelist
during the first two decades of the 20th century.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Sunday
Take me out of the ball game. A lot of people know that Billy Sunday was one of
the fieriest, most-powerful speakers for God that our modern times have ever
witnessed. But what a lot of people don't know is that he started his career as a
very popular baseball star, who set many records that were not broken until years
after he retired. And unlike a lot of the popular preachers of our day, Billy Sunday
was a man's man in every sense of the word.
nowtheendbegins.com/pages/preachers/billy-
sunday.htm

His life changed after an afternoon of drinking alcohol and a chance encounter
with revivalists holding a meeting across the street from the saloon. Sunday ended
up quitting baseball in 1891 to work for the YMCA, and he soon became an
advance man for an evangelist.
data.desmoinesregister.com/famous-iowans/billy-sunday
Sundays developed a model farm, which became a summer haven from the
rigors of the revival circuit. ..they made new friends in the Hood River Valley and
entertained prominent visitors on the farm. Billy was a celebrity and a neighbor,
and he could neither escape nor voluntarily relinquish the limelight. ... should
remember him "as a staunch friend of Hood River valley, which he liked to call
home." https://
oregonencyclopedia.org
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