Former MLBer Jimmy Piersall died Saturday at the age of 87, leaving behind a legion of fans and friends who knew him as a player, a movie character, a TV broadcaster, a coach and a radio personality, according to the Daily Herald.
Harry would often say, "You're crazy Jimmy," to which Piersall would respond, "And I have the papers to prove it."
It was a nod to Piersall's well-publicized battle with mental illness as a young man.
Caray had already departed for the Cubs when Piersall was fired by the Sox in 1983 for being too critical of the team, but Piersall always believed Tony La Russa was behind it after several confrontations with the White Sox manager.
A great teacher, Piersall also won two Gold Gloves as a player, made two all-star teams, finished ninth in MVP voting once and played for five teams, beginning with the Red Sox.
Piersall was called "the best defensive center fielder in history" by Willie Mays, and Joe DiMaggio said Piersall was "the best baserunner in the league."
He's in the Red Sox Hall of Fame and visited the White House twice, including as a guest of the 2004 World Series winning Red Sox, something Piersall called a "thrill" for a Connecticut native.