Jim Piersall, one of the most interesting players in Red Sox history, has died after battling a months-long illness. Piersall was a terrific defensive outfielder, who had some pretty good years with the bat. He was mostly well-known for his often bizarre antics, which eventually led to him being hospitalized with mental illness and undergoing shock therapy. He has no memory of that time period but wrote a book about it, Fear Strikes Out. Piersall used his experiences to bring mental illness to a wider audience, engaging in public speaking and charitable events.