Billy Sunday By: Hayden Burt

Background Information

Billy Sunday was born on November 19, 1862 in Ames, Iowa. At thirteen years old, he was sent to an orphanage with his brother George. He ran away from the orphanage two years later, and he found work as a stable boy for Colonel John Scott. Colonel Scott provided education for him too, sending him to a high school in Nevada, Iowa.

Sunday with the Pittsburgh Pirates

Billy Sunday played baseball with a small local team. It was there that his coach saw his talent and got him to the big leagues. He began his career with the Chicago White Stockings, where he struck out in all of his first thirteen at-bats. He went on to play with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Athletics. Sunday had 84 stolen bases when he quit.

In 1888, Billy Sunday married his wife, Helen A. Thompson. She would go on to be known as Ma Sunday.

Billy Sunday passed away in Chicago on November 6, 1935.

Missionary Work/Experiences

Billy Sunday was invited to attend the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago in 1886. It was there where he turned his life to the Lord.

  • Billy Sunday quit baseball in 1891 to join the Young Men's Christian Association.
  • He held a revival meeting in Garner, Iowa in 1897 and turned 100 people to Christ while there.
  • In 1903, he became a preacher in the Presbyterian Church.
  • He had a one week campaign in New York in 1907. He turned 98,000 people to the Lord while there.
  • Through his ministry, Sunday promoted Prohibition.
  • Then, in October of 1935, Sunday preached his final sermon before he passed one month later.

The legacy that Sunday left behind was a great one. He converted thousands to Christianity.

  • "The Lord is not compelled to use theologians. He can take snakes, sticks, or anything else, and use them for the advancement of his cause."
  • "God likes a little humor, as is evidence by the fact that he made monkeys, the parrot -- and some of you people."

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. -Matthew 28:19-20


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