Fear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall Story

Fear Strikes Out The Jim Piersall Story Jim Piersall year old outfielder for the Boston Red Sox had a mental breakdown in one so complete that seven months virtually have vanished from his memory This account of his experience is

  • Title: Fear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall Story
  • Author: Jim Piersall Al Hirshberg
  • ISBN: 9780803287617
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jim Piersall, 22 year old outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, had a mental breakdown in 1952 one so complete that seven months virtually have vanished from his memory This account of his experience is a frank and fascinating one Chicago Sunday Tribune The story of a man who became mentally sick, and how, through competent medical care, the help of a sympatheti Jim Piersall, 22 year old outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, had a mental breakdown in 1952 one so complete that seven months virtually have vanished from his memory This account of his experience is a frank and fascinating one Chicago Sunday Tribune The story of a man who became mentally sick, and how, through competent medical care, the help of a sympathetic and most understanding wife, the patience and encouragement of manager, teammates and fans, and above all his own splendid courage, he made a complete recovery and resumed his baseball career How we overcame his fears is a dramatic, heart warming story Library Journal Jim Piersall played baseball in the 1950s and 1960s for the Boston Red Sox, the Cleveland Indians, the Washington Senators, the New York Mets, and the California Angels After brief forays into professional football and wrestling businesses, he has worked for many years in broadcasting and minor league player development for the Chicago Cubs He lives in Arizona during the off season and in Chicago during the season.

    One thought on “Fear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall Story”

    1. As someone who deals with mental illness and has been hospitalized, this is a tremendously inspirational book. I was completely immersed in his life story, and I came away feeling inspired and energized. If he can do it, I can do it.

    2. Saw the movie in '06 and got me interested in reading the book. My copy itself is interesting, a yellowed 1957 edition, 35cents original price, Bantam paperback.Interesting story overall though even being a short book, 150 pages gets a bit tedious at times with baseball replays, and I'm a fan. Piersall did a lot of antics on the field especially as one imagines the game in 1952. What would the media do to him today?! A credit to the Red Sox organization for sticking with him through his ups and [...]

    3. I had known the outline of the story and had seen him play later in his career, but I had not known the exact details of his breakdown. It was an interesting read. Quick read. Good for baseball fans and for anyone facing any kind of adversity.

    4. True story of a major league baseball player and his battle with mental illness. Shows clearly the stereotypes and predudices that are endured by the "other" of the human tribe.A man of remarkable talent and courage, Piersall makes little effort to spare himself in print the horrors, fears and trials he lived, giving us a viewable picture of both the worst and best of humanity. The reader is rewarded with a straight up account of the demanding, shadowed road of the illness and the courageous and [...]

    5. In a short, straightforward, and totally honest manner, Jim Piersall, a one time major league baseball player, tells the story of his life long struggle to play baseball and rise above mental illness and crippling fear.Piersall leaves nothing out and sugarcoats none of his faults, and while the book has very little depth, the total honesty of his situation is moving. Written in the fifties, at a time when mental illness was not as understood, perhaps, as it is today, his story must have given ma [...]

    6. This was a really interesting autobiography. I am not a huge baseball person so that aspect wasn't that interesting to me but the personal story was very good.

    7. great historical fiction for guys, mental illness - very readable and appropriate for jr. high though an adult book

    8. Amazing story of recovery from mental illness on a public stage. Written in 1957 but still relevant today.

    9. It's October and the battle of division playoffs is at its prime in major league baseball. Having missed the boat by reading The Art of Fielding, I decided to see if a lighter side of baseball would be entertaining, so I read an old story written by and about Jimmy Piersall, Fear Strikes Out. Perhaps the book fell a bit short for me because I already knew most of Jimmy's story so the telling of his antics and mental breakdown just came as no surprise. The shenanigans he pulled on and off the fie [...]

    10. Harold Kaese, Boston Globe, 1953:"More than any other player, the comeback big leaguer of 1953 is Jim Piersall, the twenty-three-year-old Red Sox right fielder. He came from further back than any one of them."

    11. Piersall's story is a must for all baseball fans. A great read about baseball, coming back from mental illness and a great tribute to those who helped him along the way. I was really captivated by this one.

    12. Tony Perkins as Jimmy Piersall? I don't think so I'm a Red Sox fan and read this as a kid. I had no idea that JP was having problems at the time(mid-1950's). Date read is a guess.

    13. very straightforward and simplistic autobiography. sensitive subject but it showed how illnesses, when treated and handled with compassion can be overcome.

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