Note: This is the latest in an occasional series where I identify a random White Sox picture without a date based on what’s in the photo
*The photo: White Sox icon Billy Pierce throws to Sherm Lollar between innings at Comiskey Park as future Hall-of-Famer Ted Williams of Boston observes
*The date: Aug. 23, 1957
*The situation: Pierce is preparing to face Williams to start the sixth inning at Comiskey Park
*What happened: Pierce struck out Williams to start a 1-2-3 sixth as part of a run where he retired 17 of the final 18 hitters he faced in the complete game victory. Pierce finished with a flurry after surrendering a home run to Jackie Jensen in the fourth in the Sox 4-2 win.
*The discovery: This picture — popular on the web because of its beauty — wasn’t as challenging as other pictures I have taken on in this series. I headed to Pierce’s baseball reference page, used the head-to-head matchup with Williams and discovered this moment in time based on the linescore on the scoreboard. I confirmed by cross-checking the games listed on the board as well.
*The matchup: Pierce striking out Williams, arguably the greatest hitter of all-time, was not all that unusual.
The left-handed Pierce was as tough on “Teddy Ballgame” as any pitcher. Williams struck out 14 times against Pierce, tied with Mike Garcia for the most by any hurler. Pierce held “The Splendid Splinter” to a .247 average, which was the lowest among pitchers Williams faced at least 52 times.
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