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Billy Pierce Obituary

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.

Pierce on the mound at Comiskey Park. Photo credit

Pierce on the mound at Comiskey Park. Photo credit

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.



Chicago Cubs were game opponents
start to finish in Sandy Koufax’s career

Walter Alston (left) first used Sandy Koufax (right) sparingly, a tactic that upset Jackie Robinson (center) in his final season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Later, Alston grossly overpitched Koufax.

Walter Alston (left) first used Sandy Koufax (right) sparingly, a tactic that upset Jackie Robinson (center) in his final season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Later, Alston grossly overpitched Koufax.

George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Friday, August 18th, 2015

(First of a two-part series on the 50th anniversary of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game over the Cubs on Sept. 9, 1965 in what may have been the greatest pitching duel in history with Chicago lefty Bob Hendley.)

The story about Sandy Koufax’s perfect game over the Cubs isn’t just about its 50th anniversary, the sheer magnificence of the Hall of Famer’s performance or the Cubs’ unparalleled streak of not being no-hit since the Koufax game just ended by Cole Hamels on July 25, 2015 at Wrigley Field.

Behind every all-time performance is a back story of people with emotions and desires, of standards and motivations. The Koufax saga goes back a decade from Vin Scully’s unforgettable radio call of “Two and two on Harvey Kuenn, one strike away…” and forward two generations to the present.

It is the story of individuals lifted above their middling stature in baseball to establish a special connection to Koufax, a quietly tough-guy manager who grossly mishandled Koufax, the pitcher’s resulting underlying push to prove himself and overcome constant arthritic pain, and an undermanaged, undermanned team making Koufax work especially hard for a win in almost every head-to-head battle.STORY >>

Kyle Schwarber's
Cubs future

A 2002 conversation
with Billy Pierce

Weaver Case
Reopening Declined

A multi-media celebration of Chicago’s own Double Duty Radcliffe

'Double Duty' Ted Radcliffe: Chicago's own Negro League superstar

Double Duty Ted Radcliffe was Chicago’s own Negro League superstar. Those who knew him and his work insist Duty would have been a star big-leaguer behind the plate and a very competent starting pitcher had the color line not been firmly entrenched in the prime of his career.

In connection with the DD Classic and as a permanent way to honor Duty, the Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting this special tribute to the great man and also assisted with the Double Duty exhibit at the DuSable Museum. On our 'Double Duty' microsite, we recount his long career with his own words, photos that show the ballplayer, the colorful personality and as a special treat, Duty’s own taped recollections from WGN-TV’s 1992 "Chicago American Giants" special.

Visit the 'Double Duty' microsite >>
Visit White Sox’ Double Duty Classic >>

Jack Brickhouse: Our man
for all sports seasons

Jack Brickhouse: Our man for all seasons

Jack Brickhouse enjoyed a life of firsts. He was the first voice heard on WGN-TV when it signed on 1948. He was the first Chicago voice heard on a trans-Atlantic satellite broadcast in 1962. He called eight no-hitters, six Gale Sayers touchdowns in one game and the better part of 45 runs scored in a 1979 Cubs-Phillies contest.

The Chicago Baseball Museum pays tribute to Brickhouse in this special Jack Brickhouse microsite at a time the Cubs are honoring him with a special bobblehead day, as part of their Wrigley Field 100th anniversary celebration. The website recalls different facets of Brickhouse’s life, including stories, photos from the collection of Pat Brickhouse, Jack’s wife, and a wide variety of video and audio highlights from his career.

Visit the Jack Brickhouse microsite >>
Chicago Tribune: Cubs will honor
Jack Brickhouse Friday >>

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