Pierce was acquired by the White Sox in November of 1948. In his 13 seasons with the team, the left-hander won 186 games, struck out 1,796 batters and was selected to the All-Star Game seven times, starting the Midsummer Classic on three different occasions. His strikeouts rank first in team history and his win total ranks fourth. A member of the 1959 American League Champion White Sox, Pierce threw four scoreless innings out of the bullpen during the World Series.
Pierce retired following the 1964 season, finishing his career with 211 wins, 193 complete games and 38 shutouts. After his playing career ended, Pierce has served as an ambassador for the White Sox, representing the club in the community. Pierce also is a driving force on behalf of Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities, which since its inception in 1971 has raised over $13 million for cancer patient care, education and research programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Children's Memorial Hospital.
Pierce was surprised with the proclamation on the floor of the House today, surrounded by his family and legislators, including the sponsor of the resolution, Representative Joseph Lyons (D) Chicago.
“What an honor it is for me to sponsor a resolution for someone I have admired all my life,” said Representative Lyons. “On behalf of the White Sox Legislative Caucus we want to thank you, Billy Pierce.”
“We are excited to be honoring Mr. Pierce in Springfield today,” Rep. Tom Cross (R) Oswego added. “He is an icon in Chicago, not only for his amazing talent on the mound, but also for his extensive charity work.”
“No one is more deserving of today’s recognition than Billy Pierce,” said White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “While Billy was one of the all-time White Sox greats on the diamond, he also is a legend off the field through his endless contributions to others and to those in the community in greatest need.”