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James Anthony Piersall (born November 14, 1929 in Waterbury, Connecticut) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball. Between 1950 and 1967, he played for the Boston Red Sox (1950, 1952-58), Cleveland Indians (1959-61), Washington Senators (1962-63), New York Mets (1963) and Los Angeles & California Angels (1963-67). http://www. ... November 14 is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 47 days remaining until the end of the year. ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Waterbury is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, 33 miles (53 km) southwest of Hartford on the Naugatuck River. ... The position of the center fielder A center fielder, abbreviated CF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in center field - the baseball fielding position between left field and right field (e. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... See also: 1949 in sports, other events of 1950, 1951 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Bill Rexford AAA Racing: Henry Banks won the series championship Johnnie Parsons won the Indianapolis 500 Formula One Champion: The first World Championship for drivers under the... See also: 1966 in sports, other events of 1967, 1968 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Mario Andretti wins the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship — Richard Petty May 31-Indianapolis 500 — A.J. Foyt USAC Racing — A.J. Foyt won the season championship... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Fenway Park (1912-present) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1915 1912 â€¢ 1903 AL Pennants (11) 2004 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1967 1946 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1915 1912 â€¢ 1904 â€¢ 1903 East Division titles (5) 1995... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1994-present) East Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1948 â€¢ 1920 AL Pennants (5) 1997 â€¢ 1995 â€¢ 1954 â€¢ 1948 1920 Central Division titles (6) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1997 1996 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths (0) None [1] - In... Major league affiliations American League (1961-present) West Division (1972-present) Current uniform Ballpark Ameriquest Field in Arlington (1994-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 Wild card berths (0) None [1] - In 1994, a players... Major league affiliations National League (1962-present) East Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964-present) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1969 â€¢ 1986 NL Pennants (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 2000 East Division titles (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1988 Wild card berths (2) 1999 â€¢ 2000 The New... See also: 1962 in sports, other events of 1963, 1964 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Tiny Lund won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Joe Weatherly Indianapolis 500 - Parnelli Jones USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the season championship Formula One Championship... Major league affiliations American League (1961-present) West Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 2002 AL Pennants (1) 2002 West Division titles (5) 2005 â€¢ 2004 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1982 1979 Wild card berths (1) 2002 Major league nicknames Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005-present) Anaheim Angels (1997...


While he had a fairly good professional career as a center fielder, Piersall is better known for his well-publicized battle with bipolar disorder which became the subject of the movie Fear Strikes Out. The position of the center fielder A center fielder, abbreviated CF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in center field - the baseball fielding position between left field and right field (e. ... Bipolar disorder (previously known as manic depression) is a diagnostic category describing a class of mood disorders in which the person experiences states or episodes of depression and/or mania, hypomania, and/or mixed states. ... 1957 film based on Jimmy Piersalls autobiography by the same title. ...

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Professional Baseball Career

Piersall was an outstanding athlete. He led Leavenworth High School (from Waterbury, Connecticut) basketball team to the 1947 New England championship, scoring 29 points in the final game, in an era when hardly any players scored 20 points in a game. Piersall became a professional at age 18, signing a free agent contract with the Boston Red Sox in 1948. He would reach the majors in 1950, playing in six games as one of the youngest players in baseball. Waterbury is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, 33 miles (53 km) southwest of Hartford on the Naugatuck River. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Fenway Park (1912-present) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1915 1912 â€¢ 1903 AL Pennants (11) 2004 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1967 1946 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1915 1912 â€¢ 1904 â€¢ 1903 East Division titles (5) 1995... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... See also: 1949 in sports, other events of 1950, 1951 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Bill Rexford AAA Racing: Henry Banks won the series championship Johnnie Parsons won the Indianapolis 500 Formula One Champion: The first World Championship for drivers under the...


In 1952, he earned a more substantial role with the Red Sox, frequently referring to himself as "The Waterbury Wizard", a nickname which was not well-received by teammates. It was at this time that Piersall's mental condition began to show signs of deterioration. See also: 1951 in sports, 1953 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Tim Flock AAA Racing: Troy Ruttman won the Indianapolis 500 Chuck Stevenson won the season championship Formula One Championship - Italy 24 hours of Le Mans: Hermann Lang / Fritz Reiss won, driving...


Prior to the May 24 game against the New York Yankees, Piersall engaged in a fistfight with Yankee infielder Billy Martin. Following the brawl, Piersall briefly scuffled with teammate Mickey McDermott in the Red Sox clubhouse, and after repeated incidents of bizarre behavior, Piersall was sent to the minor league Birmingham Barons on June 28. The final straw came when Piersall spanked the four-year-old son of teammate Vern Stephens in the Red Sox clubhouse during a game. May 24 is the 144th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (145th in leap years). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Yankee Stadium (1923-present) Major league titles World Series titles (26) 2000 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 1978 â€¢ 1977 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1961 1958 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1953 â€¢ 1952 1951 â€¢ 1950 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 1943 â€¢ 1941 â€¢ 1939 â€¢ 1938 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1932 â€¢ 1928 1927... Alfred Manuel Billy Martin, (May 16, 1928 – December 25, 1989), a former Major League Baseball player and manager, was manager of the New York Yankees five different times and won two league championships and one World Series as their manager. ... Maurice Joseph Mickey McDermott Jr. ... The Birmingham Barons are a minor league baseball team based in Birmingham, Alabama. ... June 28 is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 186 days remaining. ... Vernon Decatur Stephens (October 23, 1920 - November 3, 1968) was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball who played 15 seasons in the American League for four different teams. ...


In less than three weeks with the Barons, Piersall was ejected on four occasions, the last coming after striking out in the second inning of the July 16 contest. Prior to his at bat, he had acknowledged teammate Milt Bolling's home run by spraying a water pistol on home plate. Piersall then moved to the grandstand roof to heckle home plate umpire Neil Strocchia. July 16 is the 197th day (198th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 168 days remaining. ...


Receiving a three-day suspension for his antics, Piersall entered treatment three days later at the Westboro State Hospital in Massachusetts. Diagnosed with "nervous exhaustion", he would spend the next seven weeks in the facility and miss the remainder of the season. According to his autobiography, Piersall blamed much of his condition on his father, who placed excessive pressure on him to succeed as a baseball player as a small child. Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... BASEBALL SUCKS!!! A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ...


Nevertheless, not only would Piersall return to baseball by the opening of the 1953 season, but he finished ninth in voting for the MVP Award. The next year he became the Red Sox's regular center fielder, taking over for Dom DiMaggio and playing well enough to remain a fixture in the starting lineup through 1958. See also: 1952 in sports, other events of 1953, 1954 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Herb Thomas AAA Racing: Bill Vukovich won the Indianapolis 500 Sam Hanks won the season driving championship Formula One Championship - Alberto Ascari of Italy 24 hours of... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The position of the center fielder A center fielder, abbreviated CF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in center field - the baseball fielding position between left field and right field (e. ... Dominic Paolo DiMaggio (born February 12, 1917 in San Francisco, California) is a former Major League Baseball center fielder, and the brother of Joe DiMaggio and Vince DiMaggio. ... See also: 1957 in sports, other events of 1958, 1959 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Lee Petty Indianapolis 500 - Jimmy Bryan USAC Racing - Tony Bettenhausen won the season championship Formula One Championship - Mike Hawthorn of Great Britain February 23 - Cuban rebels kidnap...


Piersall was selected to the American League All-Star team in 1954 and 1956, with his consistently solid outfield play (which earned favorable comparisons to Joe DiMaggio) earned him a Gold Glove Award in 1958. During the 1956 season, he posted a league-leading 40 doubles and 156 games played, and contributed 91 runs, 87 RBI, and a .293 batting average. The following year, he collected 19 home runs and 103 runs. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic or Midsummer Night Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager for pitchers and... See also: 1953 in sports, other events of 1954, 1955 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Lee Petty AAA Racing: Bill Vukovich won the Indianapolis 500 Jimmy Bryan won the season championship Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina 24 hours of... See also: 1955 in sports, other events of 1956, 1957 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Buck Baker The United States Auto Club (USAC) was founded to take over race sanctioning from the American Automobile Association (AAA). ... Joe DiMaggio Joseph Paul DiMaggio , born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, Jr. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... See also: 1957 in sports, other events of 1958, 1959 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Lee Petty Indianapolis 500 - Jimmy Bryan USAC Racing - Tony Bettenhausen won the season championship Formula One Championship - Mike Hawthorn of Great Britain February 23 - Cuban rebels kidnap... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... In baseball, a run is scored when a player advances safely around all three bases and returns safely to home plate. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ...

Jim Piersall (1960)
Jim Piersall (1960)

On December 2, 1958, Piersall was traded to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for first baseman Vic Wertz and outfielder Gary Geiger. In a strange coincidence, Piersall was reunited with his former combatant Billy Martin, who had also been acquired by the team. The 1959 season would be a successful one for Cleveland, which battled the Chicago White Sox for much of the season before finishing a close second in the standings. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (568x770, 63 KB) Summary This image is a digital photo that I took of an actual photograph, and then cropped. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (568x770, 63 KB) Summary This image is a digital photo that I took of an actual photograph, and then cropped. ... December 2 is the 336th day (337th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1994-present) East Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1948 â€¢ 1920 AL Pennants (5) 1997 â€¢ 1995 â€¢ 1954 â€¢ 1948 1920 Central Division titles (6) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1997 1996 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths (0) None [1] - In... Victor Woodrow Wertz (born February 9, 1925 York, PA - died July 7, 1983 Detroit, MI) was a utility player who had a seventeen year career from 1947 to 1963. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The following year, disturbing signs of a possible recurrence of Piersall's mental problems began to surface. In the Memorial Day doubleheader at Chicago, he was ejected in the first game for heckling umpire Larry Napp, then after catching the final out of the second game, whirled around and threw the ball at the White Sox' scoreboard. He later wore a little league helmet during an at bat against the Detroit Tigers, and after a series of incidents against the Yankees, Indians' team physician Donald Kelly ordered psychiatric treatment on June 26. Relatives and others traditionally place flags near veterans headstones on Memorial Day Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (most recently observed May 29, 2006). ... Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois Counties Cook, DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area    - City 606. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Major league titles World Series titles (4) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1935 AL Pennants (9) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1940 1935 â€¢ 1934 â€¢ 1909 â€¢ 1908 1907 Central Division titles (1... June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 188 days remaining. ...


After a brief absence, Piersall returned only to earn his sixth ejection of the season on July 23, when he was banished after running back and forth in the outfield while the Red Sox' Ted Williams was at bat. A subsequent meeting with American League president Joe Cronin and the departure of manager Joe Gordon seemed to settle Piersall down for the remainder of the season. July 23 is the 204th day (205th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 161 days remaining. ... Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002), nicknamed The Kid, the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame and The Thumper, was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball who played 19 seasons, twice interrupted by military service as a Marine Corps pilot, with the Boston Red Sox. ... Joe Cronin Joseph Edward Cronin (October 12, 1906 – September 7, 1984) was a Major League Baseball player from 1926 to 1945 and manager from 1933 to 1947. ... Joseph Lowell Flash Gordon (February 18, 1915 - April 14, 1978) was an American second baseman in Major League Baseball. ...


Piersall came back during the 1961 season to have an excellent year, earning a second Gold Glove while also finishing third in the batting race in with a .322 average. However, he remained a volatile player, charging the mound after being hit by a Jim Bunning pitch on June 25, then violently hurling his helmet a month later, earning him a $100 fine in each case. See also: 1960 in sports, other events of 1961, 1962 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Marvin Panch won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Ned Jarrett Indianapolis 500 - A.J. Foyt USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the driving championship Formula One... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... James Paul David Jim Bunning (born October 23, 1931 in Southgate, Kentucky) is an American politician who was a Hall of Fame pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1955 to 1971. ... June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ...


Piersall was also forced to deal with a painful personal blow on September 5 when his 74-year-old father collapsed and died of a heart attack. After attending the funeral two days later, he traveled to New York only to be the target of continued fan abuse. During the September 10 doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, Piersall was accosted on the field by two fans, one of whom he punched before attempting to kick the other. September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years). ... A myocardial infarction occurs when an atherosclerotic plaque slowly builds up in the inner lining of a coronary artery and then suddenly ruptures, totally occluding the artery and preventing blood flow downstream. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... The exterior of the Yankee Stadium Yankee Stadium is the home stadium of the New York Yankees, a major league baseball team. ...


Despite the minor eruptions, Piersall earned a $2,500 bonus for improved behavior, but following three hectic years in Cleveland, Piersall was dealt to the Washington Senators on October 5. His time in the nation's capital would not be long after seeing his production decline, with the veteran outfielder then being sent to the New York Mets on May 23, 1963 for cash and a player to be named later. Major league affiliations American League (1961-present) West Division (1972-present) Current uniform Ballpark Ameriquest Field in Arlington (1994-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 Wild card berths (0) None [1] - In 1994, a players... October 5 is the 278th day of the year (279th in Leap years). ... Major league affiliations National League (1962-present) East Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964-present) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1969 â€¢ 1986 NL Pennants (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 2000 East Division titles (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1988 Wild card berths (2) 1999 â€¢ 2000 The New... May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ...


In a reserve role with the second-year team, Piersall played briefly under another colorful character in manager Casey Stengel. The most memorable moment of his Met tenure came in the fifth inning of the June 23, 1963 game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Following up on a promise he had made before, Piersall ran the bases backwards (albeit in the correct order) after hitting the 100th home run of his career off of Phillies pitcher Dallas Green. Casey Stengel, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers Charles Dillon Casey Stengel (born July 30, 1890 and died September 29, 1975) was a famous baseball player and manager. ... June 23 is the 174th day of the year (175 th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 191 days remaining. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Major league affiliations National League (1883-present) East Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Citizens Bank Park (2004-present) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 1980 NL Pennants (5) 1993 â€¢ 1983 â€¢ 1980 â€¢ 1950 1915 East Division titles (6) [1] 1993 â€¢ 1983 â€¢ 1980 â€¢ 1978 1977 â€¢ 1976 Wild card berths (0... George Dallas Green (born August 4, 1934 in Newport, Delaware) is a former pitcher, manager and executive in Major League Baseball who is perhaps best known for his involvement with the Philadelphia Phillies. ...


One month after reaching the milestone, Piersall was released by the Mets, but again found employment with the Los Angeles Angels on July 28. He would finish his playing career with them, playing nearly four more years before moving into a front office position on May 8, 1967. In a 17-season career, Piersall was a .272 hitter with 104 home runs and 591 RBI in 1734 games. Major league affiliations American League (1961-present) West Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Angel Stadium of Anaheim (1966-present) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 2002 AL Pennants (1) 2002 West Division titles (5) 2005 â€¢ 2004 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1982 1979 Wild card berths (1) 2002 The Los Angeles Angels... July 28 is the 209th day (210th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 156 days remaining. ... May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (129th in leap years). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run scored by each runner who was already on base), with no errors by the defensive team on... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... In baseball statistics, games played (denoted by G) indicates the total number of games in which a player has participated (in any capacity). ...


His attitude towards his illness also once saw him play a game in a Beatles wig, led cheers for himself in the outfield during breaks in play, "talked" to Babe Ruth behind the center field monuments at Yankee Stadium. In his autobiography, Piersall commented -- "Probably the best thing that ever happened to me was going nuts. Whoever heard of Jimmy Piersall, until that happened?" The Beatles (1960-1970) were an English rock group from Liverpool, who were the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful artists of their time[1][2]. They continue to be held in the highest esteem for their artistic achievements, their huge commercial success, their groundbreaking role in the history of popular... George Herman Ruth (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948), better known as Babe Ruth, also known by the nicknames The Bambino and The Sultan of Swat, was an American baseball player and a national icon. ... The position of the center fielder A center fielder, abbreviated CF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in center field - the baseball fielding position between left field and right field (e. ... The exterior of the Yankee Stadium Yankee Stadium is the home stadium of the New York Yankees, a major league baseball team. ...


Career after retirement from Baseball

Piersall later had a broadcasting job with the Chicago White Sox from 1977 to 1981, and was teamed with Harry Caray, but was ultimately fired after excessive on-air criticism of team management. He became the subject of a movie based on Piersall's writings, Fear Strikes Out, where he was portrayed by Anthony Perkins (directed by Robert Mulligan, 1957). Piersall is portrayed in this film not as bipolar but as having an anxiety disorder characterized by obsession and occasional auditory hallucinations, mostly caused by his intense desire to please his father. While still highly regarded for its merits as a film, Piersall would eventually disown the film due to what he believed were its distortion of the facts. The film, and Piersall's life, are frequently cited today as cautionary tales for parents who pressure their children to succeed in youth sports. Besides Fear Strikes Out, Piersall authored The Truth Hurts, in which he details his ouster from the White Sox organization. individually-donated time and energy direct government payments or operation indirect government payments, such as radio and television licenses grants from foundations or business entities selling advertising or sponsorship public subscription or membership fees charged to all owners of TV sets or radios, regardless of whether they intend to receive... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1994-present) Current uniform Ballpark U.S. Cellular Field (1991-present) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 2005 â€¢ 1917 â€¢ 1906 AL Pennants (6) 2005 â€¢ 1959 â€¢ 1919 â€¢ 1917 1906 â€¢ 1901 Central Division titles (2) [1] 2005 â€¢ 2000 West Division titles (2... See also: 1976 in sports, other events of 1977, 1978 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Cale Yarborough Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 USAC Racing - Tom Sneva wins the season championship Indianapolis 500 - won by A.J. Foyt. ... See also: 1980 in sports, other events of 1981, 1982 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Darrell Waltrip Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Rick Mears won the season championship May 25 - Indianapolis 500 - Bobby Unser Formula One... Harry Caray Harry Caray (March 1, 1914 — February 18, 1998), born Harry Christopher Carabina in St. ... 1957 film based on Jimmy Piersalls autobiography by the same title. ... Anthony Perkins Anthony Perkins (April 4, 1932–September 12, 1992) was an American actor best known for his role as the serial killer Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho. ... Robert Mulligan (born August 23, 1925 in The Bronx, New York) is an American film and television director. ... // Events October 21 - The movie Jailhouse Rock, starring Elvis Presley, opens. ... Anxiety is a complex combination of emotions that includes fear, apprehension and worry, and is often accompanied by physical sensations such as palpitations, nausea, chest pain and/or shortness of breath. ... Look up Obsession in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Piersall, who winters in Arizona and still does a sports radio show in Chicago, was delighted to receive an invitation to a White House event honoring the 2004 World Champions Boston Red Sox on March 2, 2005. According to a Sox official, the White House prepared a guest list of about 1,000 for the event, scheduled to be staged on the South Lawn. "This is a real thrill for a poor kid from Waterbury, Connecticut," Piersall said. "I'm 75 years old. There aren't many things left". He also said he visited the White House once before as guest of President John F. Kennedy. Official language(s) English Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Area  Ranked 6th  - Total 113,998 sq mi (295,254 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ... Sports radio (or sports talk radio) is a radio format devoted entirely to discussion and broadcast of sporting events. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... North façade of the White House, seen from Pennsylvania Avenue. ... The 2004 World Series represented the 100th time two modern Major League Baseball teams met to decide the championship. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Fenway Park (1912-present) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1915 1912 â€¢ 1903 AL Pennants (11) 2004 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1967 1946 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1915 1912 â€¢ 1904 â€¢ 1903 East Division titles (5) 1995... March 2 is the 61st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (62nd in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Waterbury is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, 33 miles (53 km) southwest of Hartford on the Naugatuck River. ... John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy, or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. ...


Trivia

Piersall is the godfather of former US Congressman Mark Foley, who resigned after a scandal involving communications to underage Congressional pages.[1] Mark Adam Foley (born September 8, 1954 in Newton, Massachusetts) is an American politician, and has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1995, representing the 16th District of Florida (map). ... Mark Foley The Mark Foley scandal, which broke in late September 2006, centers on sexually explicit and solicitative e-mails and instant messages allegedly sent by Mark Foley, a Republican Congressman from Florida, to former congressional pages[1][2] and the response of Republican congressional leaders to alleged warnings about...


References

  1. ^ "Famous godfather remained favorite subject for Foley", The Boston Globe, October 5, 2006.

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Publications

  • Jim Piersall and Al Hirshberg, Fear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall Story,
    Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1955; University of Nebraska Press, 1999

External links

  • Baseball-Reference.com - career statistics and analysis
  • "Jimmy Rounding First" Panorama - Extreme Photo Constructions
  • ESPN Classics (article)
  • Baseball Library (profile and career chronology)
  • Jimmy Piersall Fan Site

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Jimmy Piersall: Information From Answers.com (1552 words)
Piersall was also forced to deal with a painful personal blow on September 5 when his 74-year-old father collapsed and died of a heart attack.
Piersall later had a broadcasting job with the Chicago White Sox from 1977 to 1981, and was teamed with Harry Caray, but was ultimately fired after excessive on-air criticism of team management.
Piersall is portrayed in this film not as bipolar but as having an anxiety disorder characterized by obsession and occasional auditory hallucinations, mostly caused by his intense desire to please his father.
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