Billy Sunday's Baseball Cards & Stats

The Baseball Evangelist

Photo to Right: Billy and Ma Sunday

"The Baseball Evangelist" was more than a baseball player to Americans of the twentieth century. He was a preacher of the Gospel, a legend, embodying in himself the spirit of mass evangelism. Would to God we had some Billy Sundays today who would once again preach uncompromisingly against sin...

"It would be a godsend if the Church would suffer persecution today; she hasn't suffered it for hundreds of years. She is growing rich and lagging behind. Going back."

Billy Sunday, The Need for Revivals, From "Billy Sunday: The Man and His Message", by William T. Ellis, Philadelphia: John C. Winston Co., 1914

Billy Sunday galvanized religion into an active force against social evils, especially the vile alcohol industry, preaching a strange mixture of humor and Hellfire that made his listeners take notice. Thank God for Billy Sunday!

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Billy Sunday Baseball Card Checklist:

Old Judge Cigarettes (Please keep in mind that Billy Sunday wasn't a Christian yet. Cigarette smoking is a disgusting addiction of the heathen world).

446 1a - Bending Over - Ball In Hand
446 2a - Holding Bat
446 3b - Throwing Ball
446 4b - Catching Ball
446 5a - Leaning On Bat (Chicago)
446 5b - Leaning On Bat (Pittsburgh)

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"Come on, you dog-gone, bullnecked, beetlebrowed, hogjowled, peanutbrained, weaseleyed fourflushers, false alarms and excess baggage! ..."

This passage is taken verbatim from a sermon given by the American evangelist Billy Sunday, on May 14th 1916, at the University of Kansas. William Ashley "Billy" Sunday (1862-1935) was a popular professional baseball player during the 1880s and then the most celebrated and influential American evangelist in the early 20th century.

Born into poverty near Ames Iowa, Sunday spent some years in an orphanage before taking a series of odd jobs in small Iowa towns, while developing his athletic skills. His exceptional speed led him to play major league baseball for eight years with the Chicago White Stockings. Converted to evangelical Christianity in the 1880s, Billy Sunday left baseball for the ministry.



"I am an old-fashioned preacher of the old-time religion, that has warmed this cold world's heart for two thousand years." Billy Sunday

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More Sermons by Billy Sunday

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The Salvation of a Nation (by Pastor Jack Hyles)

“Whiskey and beer are all right in their place, but their place is in hell.” —Billy Sunday

Ye Must Be Born Again!