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.