Billy Sunday (William Ashley Sunday) (November 19, 1862 - November 6, 1935) was a professional baseball player for the Chicago White Stockings during the 1880s before becoming one of the most popular and influential American evangelists during the first two decades of the 20th century. Sunday was a very vocal opponent of teaching evolution in schools and he held revival meetings in Tennessee during the passage of Tennessee's anti-evolution statute. No one, not Billy Graham not ANY preacher before or since had the influence and overall draw that Billy Sunday had.
The Charleston Tabernacle
Billy Sunday Revival
In 1922 Billy Sunday held a four-week revival
in Charleston, West Virginia in a pine tabernacle built especially for the
Sunday was acrobatic and dramatic. He would sometimes pick up a chair and have a fight with the devil. People
were spellbound as Sunday engaged the devil in a death struggle. Sunday would choke, sputter, throw haymakers and finally, to the relief of people on the edge of their seats, he would defeat the devil.
It is reported that 11,000 walked the sawdust trail (made professions of conversion) during the meeting. Dishpans
were used for offering plates, and the total offerings amounted to $36,000. Pat Withrow of the Union Mission
was active in the meeting. He and Billy Sunday were friends, and it is likely that he was responsible for the famed
evangelist holding the meeting in Charleston. Homer Rodeheaver, Billy’s song leader for 20 years, led the singing,
played his trombone, and sang solos during the meeting.
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