By Theodora Kroeber
Frontis. + xi + 292 pp. with a number of illus., octavo.
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He attended the Christian Endeavor society, prayer-meeting and the mid-week church service. This is significant; for. it is usually the church members who are faithful at the mid-week prayer-meetings who are the vital force in a congregation. Other rewards than spiritual awaited Sunday at the prayer-meeting; for there he met Helen A.
He is a "phenomenon" only as God is forever doing phenomenal things, and upsetting men's best-laid plans. He is simply a tool of God. For a special work he is the special instrument. God called, and he answered. All the many owlish attempts to "explain" Billy Sunday on psychological and sociological grounds fall flat when they ignore the fact that he is merely a handy man for the Lord's present use. God is still, as ever, confounding all human wisdom by snatching the condemned baby of a Hebrew slave out of Egypt's river to become a nation's deliverer; by calling a shepherd boy from his sheep to be Israel's greatest warrior and king; and by sending his only-begotten Son to earth by way of a manger, and training him in a workingman's home and a village carpenter shop.
The sporting papers all alluded frequently to his religious interests and activities. Because of his Christian scruples he refused to play baseball on Sunday. During the four years of his experience as a Christian member of the baseball profession it might have been clear to anybody who cared to study the situation carefully that the young man's interest in religion was steadily deepening and that he was headed toward some form of avowedly Christian service. "I had a three-year contract with Philadelphia.
Alfred Kroeber: A Personal Configuration by Theodora Kroeber