Ex-All Star Piersall, subject of movie, dies at 87.

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Jimmy Piersall, a 2x All-Star whose battle with bipolar disorder was the subject of the 1957 movie “Fear Strikes Out” starring Tony Perkins and Karl Malden, died at the age of 87.

Piersall was a 2x All-Star and 2x Gold Glove winner who played for the Red Sox 1950, 1952-1958, Indians 1959-1961, Senators 1962-1963, Mets 1963, and Angels 1963-1967.

Upon hitting his 100th career HR with the Mets in 1963, he ran the bases backward.

He suffered a nervous breakdown in 1952 and his experiences were portrayed in the movie.

He and Billy Martin once had a huge, celebrated fight.

He was named an All-Star in 1954 and 1956, and won Gold Gloves in CF in 1958 and 1961. He led the majors in doubles in 1956, sacrifice bunts in 1953 and sac flies in 1956.

Primarily a CF, he also played LF, RF, SS and 3B in his career.

He got MVP consideration five times, finishing 9th in 1953.

He hit .272 in his career, with a 162 g. average of .272-10-55, 11 SB, OPS+ 93.

He later became a broadcaster for Texas, and also for the Chicago White Sox.


For more on Piersall, check out his biography on Wikipedia






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