Billy Sunday began his career as a baseball player before becoming one of America's best known evangelists. This guide provides access to materials related to "Billy Sunday” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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Billy Sunday (1862-1935) 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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Sunday, as a youth, resides in Soldiers' Orphans Homes in Glenwood and Davenport, Iowa.
Sunday moves to Marshalltown, Iowa and plays on fire brigade and town baseball teams while working odd jobs.
Sunday is signed to play for the Chicago White Stockings.
Sunday experiences a conversion to Christianity.
Sunday turns down a $3,000 baseball contract to work at the Chicago YMCA for $80 a week.
Sunday becomes full time assistant to J. Wilbur Chapman, a well known evangelist.
Billy Sunday preaches an estimated 20,000 sermons to audiences at revival meetings held throughout the US.