Billy Sunday, Evangelist on the Sawdust Trail by Rachael Phillips. Before he became a full-time evangelist, Billy Sunday was a professional baseball player for the Chicago White Stockings and other teams. He played in the West Side Ballpark, a short distance from where my father grew up. He had given up baseball by the time my father was born, but my father may have heard him preach. I don’t know. I do know that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, particularly about the early days of baseball in Chicago, my old home town.