By Mark Liptak
Saturday, August 1st, 2015
This is a story I hoped I’d never write. It’s always difficult for a writer to have to do a story of this nature when the person involved was a good friend. Billy Pierce, one of the greatest players in the history of the White Sox franchise passed away at the age of 88, Friday morning, July 31, 2015.
The cause of death was gall bladder cancer.
I last spoke with Bill shortly before opening day to wish him a Happy Birthday and to see if he was going to be at the home opener. Bill said that he wasn't because he was suffering from a cold and that at his age; he "has to be careful…" I had no idea that Billy was sick and when I got the news that morning, it staggered me.