Jimmy Piersall

Not Quite, an author but not a movie star. Jimmy Piersall wrote an autobiographical novel on his emotional breakdown: Fear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall Story. Piersall authored “The Truth Hurts,” in which he details his ouster from the White Sox organization.

Jimmy played for the Scranton Red Sox in 1948. He was a centerfielder and played in 141 games. He hit .281 with 12 home runs and 92 rbi. He led the Eastern League in RBI that year. Piersall also met his first wife, Mary during his time in Scranton. They had nine children together. They divorced in 1968.

Jimmy did a lot of strange things on the ball field. When he came up with the Red Sox, he called attention to himself by taking bows after almost every catch. Before a game on May 24, 1952 Piersall fought Yankees second baseman Billy Martin. He then brawled with teammate Mickey McDermott. Three weeks later, he made pig noises at St. Louis Browns pitcher Satchel Paige.

Jimmy hit his 100th homerun with the Mets at the old Polo Gounds, he decided to run the bases backwards. This stunt got him suspended and later released from the Mets.

Could it have been his .194 batting average with the Mets?

MoRE to come.