Bill Pierce (baseball)
|William Herbert Pierce|
|Catcher / First baseman / Manager|
Born: April 30, 1890|
|Died: August 1, 1962(aged 72)|
|1910, for the Philadelphia Giants|
|1924, for the Detroit Stars|
William Herbert Pierce (born April 30, 1890 and died August 1962) was a Negro Leagues catcher, first baseman and manager for several years before the founding of the first Negro National League, and in its first few seasons.
Nicknamed "Bonehead" and "Big Bill Pierce", he played for the Philadelphia Giants at the age of 20. During the winter, he often played baseball in Cuba and Florida. Pierce would play most of his seasons for the Lincoln Giants.
He registered for the WWI draft on June 5, 1917, listing his occupation as a Porter for the Pennsylvania Railroad Station in Manhattan. He also lists himself as married and living at 2229 5th Avenue in New York City.
He died at the age of 72.
- "Philadelphia Giants Win" Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Friday Morning, May 27, 1910, Page 10, Column 7
- "American Giants Rally at Finish" Indianapolis Freeman, Indianapolis, Indiana, Saturday, July 20, 1912, Page 4, Column 5
- "Lincoln Giants Adds Another Brace of Victories to its Brace" Indianapolis Freeman, Indianapolis, Indiana, Saturday, May 20, 1916, Page 4, Column 4
- "St. Patrick - Penn Red Cap Battle" Jersey Journal, Jersey City, New Jersey, Friday, September 28, 1917, Page 11, Column 2
- "WWI Draft Registration Card for William H. Pierce" Registered at New York City #167, June 5, 1917
- "1952 Pittsburgh Courier Poll of Greatest Black Players"