James Anthony Piersall
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 175 lb.
Born: November 14, 1929 in Waterbury, CT
MLB Debut: September 7, 1950 Boston Red Sox
Final MLB Game: May 1, 1967 California Angels
Years with the Angels: 1963 - 1967
Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Angels on July 27, 1963.
September 20, 1963: Released by the Los Angeles Angels.
April 10, 1964: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Angels.
October 18, 1966: Released by the California Angels.
April 10, 1967: Signed as a Free Agent with the California Angels.
May 12, 1967: Released by the California Angels, phew!
Started in centerfield and his first putout was a flyball hit by Frank Malzone in the second. In his first plate appearance he flew out to right fielder Lou Clinton in the third, and ended up going 2-4 with 2 singles in a 5-2 win against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, July 27, 1963 (D) at Fenway Park.
1963 - 1967
Batted .279 in 545 ABs over 240 games.
Best Angels Performance: 3-5 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI and 1 run scored in an 8-2 win against the Cleveland Indians on August 23, 1965.
OTHER INTERESTING FACTS:
- AL All-Star 1954, 1956
- AL Gold Gloves 1958 (CF), 1961 (OF)
- Career .991 fielding percentage (CF)
- Also played for the Red Sox, Indians, Senators, and Mets
- Subject of the movie Fear Strikes Out.