November 4, 1921

Evangelist Billy Sunday told a crowd at the St. Louis Coliseum, “The world is going to hell so fast you can smell the smoke as old Satan stamps his foot on the accelerator.”

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

“Billy Sunday, Evangelist and Baseball Player” by Boston Public Library is licensed under CC BY 2.0