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gobears1987
05-30-2005, 10:25 PM
Did he really try to climb the green monster once? If so can anyone tell me what exactly happened?

TornLabrum
05-30-2005, 10:40 PM
Did he really try to climb the green monster once? If so can anyone tell me what exactly happened?

No. In the movie "Fear Strikes Out," they had him climbing the screen behind home plate. That never happened. What did happen is that his behavior became so erratic, the was put into a psych ward and given shock treatments.

Also, the movie made his father out to be a villain, something Piersall has repeatedly said was a dramatic device. As we know nowadays, Piersall's illness is due to biochemistry, not some horrible thing a parent did to him.

I've read that Piersall remembers checking into a hotel and his next memory was waking up in the hospital. Everything in between was lost.