Have you heard of William Ashley Sunday? He is better known as Billy Sunday. He played for the Whitestockings (Whitesox) but was converted and became an evangelist! Interestingly he was converted by a preaching team from Pacific Garden Mission. On this date, February 17, 1889 he made his first appearance as an evangelist in Chicago Illinois.

Here are several quotes from his messages that I love.

“I’m against sin,” he once said. “I’ll kick it as long as I have a foot. I’ll fight it as long as I have a fist. I’ll butt it as long as I have a head. I’ll bite it as long as I’ve got a tooth. And when I’m old and fistless and footless and toothless, I’ll gum it till I go home to Glory and it goes home to perdition.”

“I have only two minutes more and then I am through. Bad temper. Abuse your wife and abuse your children; abuse your husband; turn your old gatling-gun tongue loose. A lady came to me and said, “Mr. Sunday, I know I have a bad temper, but I am over with it in a minute.” So is the shotgun, but it blows everything to pieces.

Professional athlete transformed into an evangelist

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