From famous ball-player to famous evangelist, William Ashley "Billy" Sunday is still remembered today for his energetic
preaching style and large, successful evangelistic campaigns across the United States. In his lifetime, Billy Sunday addressed
over 100 million people without the aid of loud speakers, TV, or radio.
Sunday gained nationwide recognition for his prowess as a baseball player. He became the first player to run the bases
in 14 seconds, and set records for stealing bases.
Shortly after being Saved through the outreach of the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, Sunday turned down a $400 per
month baseball salary (at a time when the average worker made $480 per year) for a $84 per month ministry position. Ball teams
later offered $500/month and even $2000/month, but Sunday remained committed to his ministry for God. Later in life he was
offered $1,000,000 to be in the movies, but again declined in order to continue the evangelistic ministry God had called him
to. He passed away after a heart attack in 1935 at age 73.