November 19, 1862, Billy Sunday is born in Ames, Iowa. Sunday began his career as a baseball player for the Chicago White Stockings, but later became one of the country's best known evangelists. Between 1896 and 1935 he gave an estimated 20,000 sermons.. Read more about it!
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- November 19, 1862: William Ashley Sunday born in Ames, Iowa.
- 1872-1876: Sunday, as a youth, resides in Soldiers' Orphans Homes in Glenwood and Davenport, Iowa.
- 1880: Sunday moves to Marshalltown, Iowa and plays on fire brigade and town baseball teams while working odd jobs.
- 1883: Sunday is signed to play for the Chicago White Stockings.
- 1886-1887: Sunday experiences a conversion to Christianity.
- 1891: Sunday turns down a $3,000 baseball contract to work at the Chicago YMCA for $80 a week.
- 1893: Sunday becomes full time assistant to J. Wilbur Chapman, a well known evangelist.
- 1896-1935: Billy Sunday preaches an estimated 20,000 sermons to audiences at revival meetings held throughout the US.
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- "Sunday Has Retired," Pittsburg Dispatch (Pittsburgh, PA),
March 25, 1891, Page 6, Image 6, col. 2.
- "Noted Ex-Baseball Player a Famous Evangelist," Washington Times (Washington, DC),
July 6, 1902, Page 6, Image 22, col. 6-7.
- "Billy Sunday Tells of His Conversion," Washington Times (Washington, DC),
May 13, 1903, Page 9, Image 9, col. 1.
- "Ball Players At Sunday's Sermon," Evening World (New York, NY),
August 29, 1904, Image 3, col. 5.
- "Billy Sunday Saving Sinners With Ball Talk," San Francisco Call (San Francisco, CA),
February 12, 1909, Page 14, Image 14, col. 1.
- "Billy Sunday In Hot Church Fight," Paducah Evening Sun (Paducah, KY),
February 27, 1909, Page 6, Image 6, col. 4.
- "Fanning With Rev. Billy Sunday," Washington Herald (Washington, DC),
July 4, 1909, Lit. Mag. Page 5, Image 41, col. 1.
- "Billy Sunday--The Man, His Work And The Coming Campaign In Philadelphia," Evening Ledger (Philadelphia, PA),
December 22, 1914, Night Extra, Page 6, Image 6, col. 1.
- "Text of the Three Sermons Preached Yesterday by Billy Sunday," Evening Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA),
January 4, 1915, Night Extra, Page 14, Image 14, col. 1.
- "Rector Denounces 'Sunday Circus'," New York Tribune (New York, NY),
February 26, 1915, Page 9, Image 9, col. 5.
- "Sunday and 'Ma' Pray Over Call to Lead England to Prohibition," New York Tribune (New York, NY),
April 15, 1915, Image 1, col. 5.
- "Sunday A Farmer," Leavenworth Echo (Leavenworth, WA),
August 18, 1916, Image 3, col. 1
- "Billy Pauses Here On His Way to Fight Vice at Asbury Park," Evening Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA),
August 25, 1916, Night Extra, Image 1, col. 2.
- "Sunday's Sermon A Patriotic One," Democratic Banner (Mt. Veronon, OH),
April 17, 1917, Page 3, Image 3, col. 5.
- "Ma Sunday's Intimate Talks," Evening Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA),
June 22, 1917, Night Extra, Image 10, col. 3.
- "Billy Sunday Brand," St. Joseph Observer (St. Joseph, MO),
July 26, 1919, Image 1, col. 3.