Billy Sunday was born November 19, 1862 in Ames Iowa. His biological father died and left his mother with 3 kids including Billy. His mother remarried and had 2 more kids. When 13 his mother was forced to send him and his older brother George to an orphanage. He snuck away and found work as a stable boy for colonel John Scott. Scott gave him a place to live and sent him to school, he later left high school.
Billy moved back to Ames to play on the baseball team, then to Mashalltown Iowa. He worked a few odd jobs and played baseball. In 1883 Anson signed Billy to play with the Chicago White Stockings.
Billy was "Born Again" accepting Jesus Christ as his savior in 1886He began his Christian walk at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). He became the assistant to evangelist J. Wilbur Chapman, before going solo in 1896., In 1897 he held his frist revial meeting at Garner Iowa, nearly 100 people accepted Christ during the week of the meetings. He became a ordained preacher in the Presloyterian Church. In 1917 a 10 week campaign in New York more than 98,000 people accepted Christ.
Some bible verses he used were Romans 6:23, James 5:16, Proverbs 3:5-7, and Romans 3:19. Some of his quotes were "I am the sworn, eternal and up compromising enemy of the liquor traffic. I have been and will go on, fighting that damnable, dirty, rotten business with all the power at my command." and "Whiskey and beer are all right in their place, but their place is in hell."
Billy Sunday received a love offering award of 100,000 dollars from the Red Cross and Charities supporting the war effort. A few interesting facts about Billy was that he struck out his first 13 times at bat for the White Stockings, had a career record of 92 stolen bases, became a baseball Hall-Of-Famer, and was a major social influence in the temperance movement, which led to prohibition in 1919.
Billy Sunday died of a heart attack on November 6, 1935. Billy converted a lot of people to Christianity and was a good man.