Illinois House honors Sox great Pierce
May 16, 2012 2:46PM
State Rep. Joseph Lyons (D-Chicago, left) chats with Sox great Billy Pierce, of Lemont, and his wife Gloria Pierce on Wednesday on the House floor in Springfield. The House passed a resolution declaring it "Billy Pierce Day" in Illinois. | Supplied photo by Marty Maloney, White Sox
Updated: May 16, 2012 8:32PM
Former White Sox great Billy Pierce, a Lemont resident, was honored Wednesday by the Illinois House, which passed a resolution declaring it “Billy Pierce Day” in Illinois.
Pierce pitched for the Sox from 1949-61, winning 186 games while being named to the American League All-Star team seven times.
Pierce, 85, also pitched for Detroit and San Francisco. He retired after the 1964 season and has served as an ambassador for the Sox. He also is a driving force behind Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities, which since its inception in 1971 has raised more than $13 million for cancer patient care, education and research programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hospital, the Sox said in a news release.