Sox fans mourn Billy Pierce

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CHICAGO-- Outside U.S. Cellular Field Friday, White Sox fans are mourning the loss of a legend.

Billy Piece has died.

Pierce pitched for the South Siders from 1949 to 1961. The southpaw was dominate, fanning 1,999 batters in his career. His 195 wins with the Sox is fourth in franchise history.

The 7-time all-star was a beloved member of the 1959 Go-Go White Sox World Series team.

In 1987, the franchise retired Pierce's number 19.

In a statement, Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said:

"Generations of White Sox fans lost one of their heroes today....He epitomized class, not just as a ballplayer on those Go-Go White Sox teams of the 1950s, but as a gentleman and as a human being who devoted so much of his life to helping other."

Pierce worked tirelessly to fight cancer....helping raise 16 million dollars through contributions to the Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities.

Pierce's family is asking that you donate to Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities in his name.

Billy Pierce is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gloria, children and grandchildren.

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