Thursday, April 28, 2011

News Article - The Baseball Evangelist

A Little Bit of Baseball, Mixed With a Little Bit of Faith
By Matt Preprost

Actor Marc Moir is hoping his track record will help deliver a home run for a Zambian aid project a group of Winnipeggers will undertake later this summer.

The 26 year old West End actor is putting on a one man play that mixes baseball with faith and charts the path of a 1800s baseball player from the diamond and into the pulpit.

The Baseball Evangelist, which was written by Moir's father, tells the tale of Billy Sunday, a popular major league baseball player int he late 1800s who went on to become one of North America's most influential evangelist.

"During his playing days, he has to make the decision of whether he's going to stick to baseball or go into the ministry," said Moir, whose play Padre X was named one of the top five plays of last summer's Fringe Festival.

"And he really became the Billy Graham of his day. He was crazy, an absolute wild man, but boy did he ever have an effect on the people he spoke to. He's a really fun character ."

Proceeds from the play will help send 30 members of the Weston-based Cross Church to Zambia in August. The team will build a new plumbing system and security fence, provide medical treatment and hook up a computer lab at the Village of Hope orphanage. The cost of the project is about $225,000.

Alan Dunclafe, senior pastor of Cross Church, said the trip will be the first time members of the church visit the village after beginning to send help a number of years ago. The church so far has helped raise money for a school, and two orphanages for children and teens.

Moir will perform The Baseball Evangelist Sunday May 1, at Cross Church at 1787 Logan Ave.

This evening will begin at 6:30pm with hot dogs, Cracker Jacks, prizes and visits from members of the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The play begins at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or by calling the church at 632-7322, or by emailing

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