Jim Piersall's Tumultuous 1952 Season

By Neal Golden

This article was published in the Fall 2017 Baseball Research Journal.

Jimmy Piersall’s death in 2017 provided an occasion to recall his rookie season of 1952 that he began playing a new position — shortstop — for the Boston Red Sox, continued with AA Birmingham, and ended in a mental hospital. His is the inspiring story of a young man overcoming a serious health problem to craft a productive 17-year major league career. Jimmy Piersall’s death on June 3, 2017, provided an occasion to recall his rookie season of 1952 that . . .

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