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58.  Billy Pierce
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 2, 1927 in Detroit, MI USA
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: June 01, 1945
  • Final Game: October 03, 1964
  • TSN All-Star - 1956
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1956
  • TSN All-Star - 1957
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1957
 
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Regardless of the era, it is an impressive feat to be a key member of a rotation for a decade.  The Chicago White Sox may not have won a World Series in the 50’s, but they were a good team and much of the success they did have, were through a big part of the pitching of Billy Pierce.

Through the decade of the 50’s, few were more dependable on the mound than Billy Pierce.  The southpaw won 154 games that decade and was constantly pit against aces of other staffs.  Pierce was occasionally the victim of poor run support from his own team, but was still very much a winner.  He had a wide assortment of pitches and an excellent fastball that shockingly came from his thin frame.

As a great pitcher for Chicago, he was part of a team that was very good, but could only win the pennant once.  Pierce himself was also very good, but he played at the same with other good pitchers and the Sporting News Awards was all he was able to win.  Pierce has been largely forgotten even in Chicago.  He deserves a lot better than that.

Should Billy Pierce be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 61.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 19.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 15.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.8%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Thursday, 01 January 1970
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 7 Time All Star (1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 & 1961)
    Lowest Earned Run Average (1) (AL) (1955)
    Most Wins (1) (AL) (1957)
    Lowest WHIP (1) (AL) (1955)
    Lowest H/9 (1) (AL) (1953)
    Highest SO/9 (2) (AL) (1953 & 1954)
    Most Strikeouts (1) (AL) (1953)
    Most Complete Games (3) (AL) (1956, 1957 & 1958)
    Highest SO/BB (1) (AL) (1955)
    HIghest ERA+ (1) (AL) (1955)
    Lowest FIP (1) (AL) (1955)
    Highest Win Probailty Added (2) (AL) (1951 & 1953)
    Highest WAR for Pitchers (2) (AL) (1953 & 1955)
    World Series Rings (1) (Detroit Tigers, 1945)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 1953, 10th) & (AL: 1956, 5th)
    The Sporting News AL Pitcher of the Year (2) (1956 & 1957)
    Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:
    (ML: 1962, 3rd)
    6   Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    6   Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 26. Win Probabilty Added: 33.8
    54. Shutouts: 38
    83. Strikeouts: 1,999
    86. WAR for Pitchers: 53.1
    92. Innings Pitched: 3,306.7
    94. Games Started: 432
    94. Wins: 211
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1970: 1.7
    1971: 1.9
    1972: 1.0
    1973: 1.1
    1974: 1.1
  • Should be Inducted As A: Chicago White Sox

Should Billy Pierce be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 61.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 19.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 15.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.8%

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