The Bastard references


"...Then you turned all Billy Sunday, Shoutin'
Philadelphia for Christ and Christ for Philadelphia"

William Ashley "Billy" Sunday was a standout baseball player for three teams: Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia; during an era when most players stuck around one city for their entire careers. Billy had a fondness for booze and women which made his arrival in opposing cities well known to fans and local police. While in Chicago during the 1891 season, Sunday was converted to Christ by a street preacher named Harry Monroe. From that point forward, Sunday gave up the game, the booze and the ladies to become a full time traveling preacher.

At the conclusion of the 1891 season, the Philadelphia Phillies offered Sunday $400 a month to return to the diamond. At that time, the average worker made $480 a year. Three years later, the Pittsburgh Pirates made an incredible offer of $2000 a month which Sunday refused to remain with his $84 a month ministry position. 

While spreading the word of God, Sunday became famous for his unusual physical movements and stirring rhetoric from the pulpit.

He was also an ardent prohibitionist, claiming that "whiskey and beer are all right in their place, but their place is in Hell." Sunday continued his crusades well into the Depression era. It is said that by the time Billy Sunday died in 1935, booze sellers and bootleggers had taken to closing down shop when the preacher came to town. 

"...Victory came and went on winged Elephants"

Elephants are described in Hindu legend as "one of the seven jewels of royal power." It is believed that "the elephant stands for the boundless powers of a Buddha:  miraculous aspiration, analysis, intention, and effort." Hindu creation beliefs involve flying elephants. The Deity Ganesh, as well as the mount of the God Kama, are also elephants.