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Billy Sunday ends pro-baseball career to do evangelism – May 24, 1891

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Famed American evangelist Billy Sunday (1862-1935), as seen in a photograph taken in 1921. |

This week marks the anniversary of when famed evangelist, the Rev. Billy Sunday, retired from professional baseball to pursue a career in ministry.

Sunday had begun his baseball career almost exactly eight years earlier on May 22, 1883, initially playing for the Chicago White Stockings, eventually setting a record 90 stolen bases in 116 games.

In a statement published by the Pittsburgh Dispatch, Sunday explained that he was taking a position as assistant secretary of the Young Man’s Christian Association of Chicago, Illinois.

“I intend to make this a life work. I have permanently retired from the diamond,” explained Sunday in his published letter.

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