Vintage 1912 Postcard BILLY SUNDAY - FAMOUS BASEBALL Player & EVANGELIST
Photo taken on the front porch of their Winona Lake, Indiana home (see modern photo for comparison)
Printed at the bottom "Billy Sunday and family at home"
Postmarked Fargo N. Dakota 1912, 1c US stamp, and hand written note on the back
William Ashley Sunday (November 19, 1862 – November 6, 1935) was an American athlete who, after being a popular outfielder in baseball's National League during the 1880s, became the most celebrated and influential American evangelist during the first two decades of the 20th century. Converting to evangelical Christianity in the 1880s, Sunday left baseball for the Christian ministry. He gradually developed his skills as a pulpit evangelist in the Midwest and then, during the early 20th century, he became the nation's most famous evangelist with his colloquial sermons and frenetic delivery. Sunday held widely reported campaigns in America's largest cities, and he attracted the largest crowds of any evangelist before the advent of electronic sound systems.
Helen ("Nell") Amelia Thompson Sunday (June 25, 1868 – February 20, 1957) was the wife of Billy Sunday and an evangelistic speaker in her own right.
Their four children: Helen Edith (1890), George Marquis (1892), William Ashley Jr. (1901) and Paul Thompson (1907).