Former MLB star Jimmy Piersall dies

Piersall live in Roanoke for a while

Wheaton, IL -

A former Major League Baseball player with ties to Roanoke died today.
Jimmy Piersall was probably best known for his struggle with bipolar disorder during his career in the majors.

He had a nervous breakdown in 1952 while playing for the Boston Red Sox.
Piersall would play 17 seasons in the Major Leagues.
His lifestory was made into the movie "Fear Strikes Out" in 1957.
Piersall lived for several years in Roanoke.
He was the general manager of the Roanoke Buckskins semi-pro football team in 1970.
Jimmy Piersall was 87 years old.


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