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SUNDAY'S BATTING AVERAGE AS PREACHER
ISNO BRIGHTER THAN WHEN BALL STAR! . a
You ALL know him, don't you?
Billy Sunday, the- .most famous
evangelist in all the world the man
who holds a record of "saving a soul
But do you know Billy Sunday, the
Do you know, for instance, that
Billy Sunday was not only once a
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professional on the diamond, but that
he was also the fleetest player the
National League- ever knew per
haps its greatest star?
Well, it's true. Billy Sunday, in
the '80's, was as great a baseball sen
sation as Ty Cobb is today EVERY
BODY knew him!
Sunday was a member of Capt
A. C. Anson's team of world-beating
White Stockings. He could sprint
100 yards in 10 1-5 seconds and as a
base runner ranked equally with the
great Stovey and Hamilton. ""
Sunday was not a bad hitter,
eitherl In 1887 he hit .359 and in!
1888, fdr Pittsburgh, he led all right
fielders, playing 119 games. In '85
Sunday played 42 games, fielding -.825
and hitting .255 at a time when
.300 hitters were mighty scarce. In
'86 he fielded .914 and hit .242. '
It was in 1891, while playing with"'
Philadelphia, that Sunday received :
his release, in answer, he believes to
a prayer for spiritual guidance.
At this time the Cincinnatis offer
ed Sunday $500 a month, but instead '
he left baseball and accepted a post- -tion
with the Chicago Y. M. C. A.
at $83 a month. Later he was -re- :
ceived into the Presbyterian minis-
try and has been "evangelizing" ever
As a revivalist, too, Sunday has a'
batting average that is hard to beat!
Here is a year's record of his:
New Castle 6,683
Waterloo, la 4,000
Portsmouth, O. . . !. . 5,100 '
Lima, 0 5,659
Toledo, O 7,685
Erie ... 5,312
Sunday keeps up this record year
after year, and it is said no other re-
vivalist has ever approached it. Sun
day has solid "bookings" for four
years ahead. This allows for only
two months' vacation, which he"
spends with Tiis wife and three chil- "
dren at his honfe at Winona Lake, "
Sunday, though, has never .lost his''
fan-interest in baseball. He BE- r
LIEVES in baseball first, last and all -'
"Baseball," he says, "is as Ameri-""
can as Bunker Hill! It is American -in
every situation. No other sport "
could hold the American people ua- '
der the spell baseball has. woven:
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