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Piersall thumbs nose at Angel fan

Piersall thumbs nose at Angel fan

Aug. 17, 1962: Washington Senators batter Jimmy Piersall thumbs his nose at a spectator in the stands during a game against the Angels at Dodger Stadium. Watching are Angel catcher Bob Rodgers and ump Cal Drummond.

Piersall was fined $50 for the gesture. Retired Los Angeles Times staff photographer won $250 dollars for this image in a Theo. Hamm Brewing Co. photo contest.

While Piersall was known for his outrageous antics, he actually was a good player. Twice an All-Star, Piersall won two Gold Gloves and in 2010 was inducted to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. He played for the  Angels from 1963 to ’67.

Piersall’s battle with bipolar disorder was documented in the book and movie “Fear Strikes Out.”

Times staff writer Julie Cart interviewed Piersall in this 1986 article. 

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