by Brock Witmer
Billy Sunday was born on November 19, 1862 in Ames, Illinois. He was born in a very poor family. He grew up working various jobs around the community to make money. He played on a lot of local baseball teams and when he became a little bit older (1880’s) he played in the MLB for 8 years. After living a life of fame and baseball stardom, Sunday wanted a change of lifestyle. Billy gave up the major league and became a very extreme evangelist. Sunday had the idea that he wanted the entire world to hear the word of God. He strongly supported “Fundamentalism” which was a religious belief that the world should get back to old fashioned ways in terms of following the Lord. Billy was most famously known for his countless sermons on alcohol, the sale of alcohol, and how the government needs to stop how much whiskey is running the country. Billy made lots of money getting paid to preach for all of these people. He was very energetic and delivered His message passionately, and in a way that strongly moved people.
What did Billy Sunday least like about the people of this Era?
Sunday's Impact on the 1920's
Billy's Famous Booze Sermon
Sunday was most known for his many, many speeches about alcohol control and how the government needs to change.
He was the fastest base runner in the MLB!
Billy was estimated that he changed over 300,000 people's lives by preaching all over the U.S!