Columbus, GA- Tony M. Pierce, 67, of Columbus, GA died Thursday, January 31, 2013 at his residence.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Babe Ruth Field at Psalmond Rd. Park with Reverend Patrick Donahue officiating. The family requests casual attire, and hats are welcome for the service. A private interment will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Cemetery in Cataula, GA. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at McMullen Funeral Home Chapel 3874 Gentian Blvd. Columbus, GA 31907.
Tony was born January 29, 1946 in Brunswick, GA son of the late Arles D. Pierce and Mary Dunn Pierce.
Tony graduated from Jordan Vocational High School in 1964 and attended Columbus College. While attending Jordan, his curveball enabled him to set pitching records that still stand, including striking out five batters in one inning. Upon graduation from high school, he signed with the Kansas City A's as a major league pitcher. He played in the Athletic's organization for six years. Locally he coached numerous teams, gave private lessons and formed the Young Guns Baseball Travel Organization in 2002. Several of his understudies went on to become college and professional baseball players and other's coaches. He was a tremendous person, mentor, coach, friend and father. The impact he has had in this area both on and off the field will be everlasting.