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Sunday, Billy

(William Ashley Sunday), 1863–1935, American evangelist, b. Ames, Iowa, in the era around World War I. A professional baseball player (1883–90), he later worked for the Young Men's Christian Association in Chicago (1891–95) and, during that time, became associated with the Presbyterian itinerant evangelist J. Wilbur Chapman (1859–1918). After leading a successful revival in Garner, Iowa (1896) Sunday became a full-time evangelist. Known as "the baseball evangelist," Sunday drew large crowds to his revivals with his flamboyant style. As the most popular American evangelist of the World War I era, he raised much of the popular support for prohibitionprohibition,
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Bibliography

See W. G. McLoughlin, Jr., Billy Sunday Was His Real Name (1955).

Sunday, (William Ashley) Billy

(1862–1935) Protestant evangelist; born in Ames, Iowa. He grew up in poverty but managed to complete high school before joining the Chicago White Sox baseball team in 1883. He underwent a religious conversion in 1887, and, after retiring as a player in 1891, went to work for the YMCA in Chicago. His fabulously successful career as an evangelist began in 1896. A flamboyant fundamentalist, his denunciations of science, liquor, and political liberalism attracted an enormous following, especially in rural areas. Although his influence began to decline after about 1920, he continued preaching to the end of his life.
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Traditionalists" like the evangelist Billy Sunday predictably decried "'the moral miasma of unbelief oozing from our higher institutions of learning,'" but even such "progressive" intellectuals as youth-advocate Ben Lindsey understood that the Loeb-Leopold case was inextricably related to "'joy rides, jazz parties, petting parties, freedom in sex relations and the mania for speed on very turn.
After three-quarters of a century, Carl Sandburg's most controversial poem--a diatribe in free verse against Billy Sunday, the Elmer Gantry-like evangelist who preached fire and brimstone and was a forerunner of today's televangelists--has been published in unexpurgated form for the first time.
The following is a selection of these poems, excerpted from a new volume, Billy Sunday and Other Poems, which appears this fall from Harcourt Brace and Company.
He was nominated for "Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence on Camera" in the documentary recreation of a 1940's ballet based on the Reverend Billy Sunday, a religious figure and former Chicago White Sox baseball player.
Billy Sunday was born in a small, two-room log cabin near Ames, Iowa, on November 19, 1862.
Anthony examines social purity, and Billy Sunday takes a swing at demon rum.
Barnum and Billy Sunday to religious advertising and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States.
The film follows Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr) from his humble beginnings in Forties Kentucky to life in the US Navy, and run-ins with prejudiced superior officer Master Chief Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro).
Robert De Niro is so far over the top as gung-ho US Navy master diver Billy Sunday, he's like Barnacle Bill on rocket fuel.
The movie version of his life-story is a heavyweight bout between Gooding Jr and Robert De Niro as Billy Sunday - the redneck officer trying to block his way up.
The true tale pits single-minded Carl against the diving school's sadistic instructor Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro).
En route he faces both terrible racism and volatile training officer Billy Sunday, played by Robert De Niro in full-on Cape Fear deep South knucklehead mode.