The stylish left-handed pitcher was always so positive and so effervescent.
Pierce wasn’t that way facing American League hitters as the ace of the Sox “Go Go” staffs from 1949 to 1961.
Crafty and tough as nails, Pierce won 186 games and fanned a still-standing club mark of 1,796 while locking horns with the greats of the era like Whitey Ford.
So humble, he had no idea why a 25-year-old sports writer would want his signature (I got it “under the radar” at the 1990 All-Star Game at Wrigley Field).
I said, “You were the best.” And he replied, “Thank you. I had good teams behind me.”
What a gem!