Friday, December 21, 2007

#19 - Billy Pierce

Billy Pierce is another automatic inclusion since his number is retired by the White Sox. There's a reason for that, his best years are with the Sox. He spent 13 years pitching for the White Sox. He went to the All-Star game 7 times, all as a member of the Sox.

Billy was The Sporting News' American League Pitcher of the Year in 1956 and 1957. He had the AL's best ERA in 1957 at 1.97. He also hit 20 wins in 1956 and 1957. Billy had the most strikeouts per nine innings in the AL in 1953 and 1954. He also led the AL in complete games in 1956, 1957 and 1958.

Pierce has been considered one of the greatest pitchers in Chicago White Sox history. He threw four one-hitters and pitched 51 consecutive scoreless innings in his time with the Sox. Yes, before you wonder, he has also been honored with a statue at U.S. Cellular Field.

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