There will be a sadness in the Stadium when the Yankees play the White Sox tonight.
Ex-White Sox great Billy Pierce, whose #19 is retired by the White Sox, passed away yesterday at the age of 88.
Pierce and Whitey Ford had many duels in the 1950s and 1960s. This even extended over to when Pierce wasn’t on the White Sox anymore. As a San Francisco Giant, Pierce beat Ford in Game 6 of the 1962 WS.
Pierce came up with the Tigers in 1945 but was not with them for the WS. He came back up to them in 1948. After the 1948 season, he spent 1949-1961 with the White Sox.
In that time frame, he was a 7x All-Star, got MVP consideration 5x, finishing 10th in 1953 (Al Rosen winner) and 5th in 1956 (Mickey Mantle).
He won 20 games in 1956 and 1957, leading the AL in wins in 1957.
He led the AL in strikeouts in 1953, and the majors in ERA in 1955.
He was 14-15, 3.62 for the AL Champ White Sox and had no decisions in three WS games for them against the Dodgers that year.
He spent 1962-1964 with the San Francisco Giants, and finished 3rd in CYA balloting in 1962, helping to lead the Giants to the WS. He was 16-6, 3.49 that year. In the WS against the Yanks, he was 1-1, 2.40, losing Game 3 to Bill Stafford but beating Whitey Ford in Game 6.
He went 211-169 in his career with an ERA of 3.27. ERA+ 119. His average 162 g. season was 14-11, 3.27.