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.
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.

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.
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://
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