Reifert: White Sox legend Billy Pierce, 88, epitomized class

From Scott Reifert at on July 31, 2015:

Billy Pierce, the classy, diminutive yet hard-throwing lefty who followed an elite career on the pitching mound with 46 years spent raising money to fight cancer, passed away this morning at 88 after a battle with gall bladder cancer.

“Generations of White Sox fans lost one of their heroes today,” said Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “It was an absolute privilege to consider Billy a friend. He epitomized class, not just as a ballplayer on those great Go-Go White Sox teams of the 1950s, but as a gentleman and human being who devoted so much of his life to helping others.”

Pierce spent 13 seasons with the Sox and was a seven-time All-Star. The first Sox pitcher to start an All-Star Game, his number 19 was retired in 1987.

The baseball history books are filled with facts about Pierce’s extraordinary accomplishments. Here are a biography and statistical summary from, a bio from the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) and a story from SABR about Billy’s near perfect game in 1958.

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Originally published: July 31, 2015. Last Updated: July 31, 2015.