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GeoVerse®220: How the Chicago Cubs Changed Religion (Billy Sunday’s “Booze” Sermon)

Contemporary christianity was forever altered by the Chicago Cubs at the turn of the 20th century. Not because a seemingly endless string of non-championship seasons led fans to pray for help. That came generations later, the prayers increasing each year that the memories faded from the Cubs’ most recent World Series appearance three quarters of a century ago in 1945. The entertainment spectacle that televised christian evangelism has evolved into today began on State Street in Chicago at a time in history when Chicago’s north side team dominated the national baseball landscape. The Chicago Cubs ruled baseball in the 1880s, winning five league championships in seven seasons. One of the leaders of the team, that was then known as the White Stockings, was Billy Sunday.

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