Monday, August 13, 2012

Johnny Pesky Passes Away at 92

For 61 years, Johnny Pesky has been involved with the Boston Red Sox organization.  While he never won a World Series, as his playing career took place smack in the middle of the 86 year drought, he was fortunate enough to raise the banner for both the 2004 and 2007 World Championships.  He passed away Monday afternoon in Danvers, Massachusetts.

Pesky was loved by fans young and old.  His number 6 was retired by the Red Sox in 2008, and he is the only Red Sox player to have his number retired without being in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

In recent years, Pesky could always be found at Fenway taking in a game, after his presence on the bench was outlawed by the MLB, because he was not one of the six allowed coaches on the bench.  His lifetime .307 average speaks for itself, and his name will be forever etched into Fenway Park history in the form of the right field foul pole, nicknamed, Pesky's Pole.

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