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 was solid, allowing only one hit in 7 2/3 innings. Hampered by control problems early in his career, Pierce walked 8 batters that day.
At the time the card was dropped in the mail Pierce, who would become the All Time White Sox leader in strikeouts, had career numbers of 261 walks and 210 K’s. Pierce quickly found his touch, averaging more than 15 wins per season in the 1950s.
During the decade he made six All Star games and the winningest left-hander in the American League over the period. Overall, Pierce was a 7-time All Star.
Though Pierce’ signature is fairly common, examples such as these from early in his playing career remain highly sought-after.
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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.