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 known for his arresting "fire and brimstone"
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. His life changed after an
afternoon of drinking alcohol and a chance encounter with 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."
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