Billy Pierce

Billy Pierce
Birthdate 4/2/1927
Death Date 7/31/2015
Debut Year 1945
Year of Induction
Teams Giants, Tigers, White Sox
Position Pitcher

Billy Pierce of the White Sox tallied 155 wins during 1950s – the most of any American League left-handed pitcher during that time.

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Billy Pierce was a 211-game winner and 7-time All Star

Billy Pierce was a 211-game winner and 7-time All Star

In the collection is this government postcard signed by Chicago White Sox pitcher Billy Pierce just 79 games into his big league career. Two days before the card was signed Pierce pitched against Bucky Harris’ Washington Senators. Though he took the loss – the 25th of his career –
Pierce's White Sox played the Yankees the day this was mailed

Pierce's White Sox played the Yankees the day this was mailed

Postcards such as these are attractive to collectors because of their United States Postal Service postmark. This one is stamped from Chicago on July 29th, 1950 at 9:00pm. With the proliferation of forgeries and fakes, the more provenance a piece has the better. Pierce’s White Sox team hosted
No AL lefty won more games in the 1950s than Billy Pierce

No AL lefty won more games in the 1950s than Billy Pierce

The Exhibit Supply Company of Chicago made postcard sized cards that could be purchased in vending machines at stores, fairs and amusement parks. Shown here is one such “exhibits” of Billy Pierce made somewhere between 1947-66. A seven-time All Star, Pierce was the American League’
Even in the 1950s, autograph collectors sought the game's stars

Even in the 1950s, autograph collectors sought the game's stars

This government postcard signed by Billy Pierce shows a postmark of July 29, 1950, the very same date of the postcard shown in the first image on this page. Though signed with different pens, they were mailed on the very same day. One must wonder what the circumstances were that made all this happen
Collectors from all over the US reached players through the mail

Collectors from all over the US reached players through the mail

The postmark shown here is dated July 29, 1950 with an 11:30pm timestamp, two and a half hours after the postcard shown in the first image of this page. The collector receiving was Paul DeGood who lived at 4920 E. Lewis in Wichita, Kansas. Many autograph collectors today still write to ballplayers i
Billy Pierce won 20 games in 1956 and 1957

Billy Pierce won 20 games in 1956 and 1957

Billy Pierce won 20 games in both 1956 and 1957 and was an All Star each season. The next two years Pierce was featured on Topps baseball cards with other top National League hurlers. In 1958 Topps produced “Mound Aces” with Pierce and Pittsburgh’s Bob Friend. A 22-14 campaign in 1
Tommy Bridges was Billy Pierce's inspiration

Tommy Bridges was Billy Pierce's inspiration

Billy Pierce is one of the forgotten stars of the 1950s. Rarely brought up in the conversation of the game’s outstanding lefties, Pierce nonetheless won more games than any other southpaw in the American League during the decade. Here Pierce writes about his career. Interestingly, he identifie
Pierce's #19 was retired by the Chicago White Sox

Pierce's #19 was retired by the Chicago White Sox

In the collection is this 3×5 index card signed by Bill Pierce. Pierce has added an inscription above his autograph he has written, “IT WAS A GREAT HONOR TO HAVE MY NUMBER RETIRED BY THE CHICAGO WITHE SOX. IT WAS NO: 19”. Thirty years after his number was retired, Pierce was immorta
Pierce was traded to the Giants after 13 years with Chicago

Pierce was traded to the Giants after 13 years with Chicago

A trio of Billy Pierce autographed cards is shown here. On the far left is a 1959 Topps card extolling Pierce’s All Star exploits. No stranger to the Mid Summer Classic, Pierce pitched in seven All Star games while with the White Sox. After the 1961 season Chicago traded Pierce to the San Fran

2 responses to “Billy Pierce”

  1. al e smith says:

    More than Whitey or Spahn?

  2. MARK G DE LA MOTTE says:

    After joining the San Francisco Giants in 1962, Pierce played a pivotal role in helping them win the NL pennant, going 12–0 in home games and getting a three-hit shutout and a save in a three-game playoff against the Los Angeles Dodgers to clinch the title.

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