Pesky joined the Red Sox in 1942 at the age of 22, when he led the league with 205 hits. He missed the following three seasons to serve the United States in World War II, eventually returning to the Red Sox in 1946 and again leading the league in hits that year and the following season. He played with the Red Sox until 1952, when he was traded to the Detroit Tigers. He returned to manage the Red Sox in the ’60s and again in 1980.
Photos: “Mr Red Sox” Johnny Pesky
In addition to playing and coaching, Pesky also worked as a radio and television broadcaster of Red Sox games.
His name will forever be linked with Fenway Park, as the right field foul pole was named “Pesky’s Pole” in his honor. His No. 6 is also one of just seven Red Sox numbers to have been retired in the ballpark.
“We have lost a dear and beloved friend,” said Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry "
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Johnny Pesky, who during a six-decade-long association with the Red Sox as player, manager, broadcaster, coach, and executive became one of the most popular figures in the team's history, died Monday. He was 92. A lifetime .307 hitter, Mr. Pesky ...Read more
Johnny Pesky, the one-time teammate of Ted Williams who spent more than a half-century in the Red Sox organization, and whose name became synonymous with the right field foul pole at Fenway Park, has died. He was 92. Pesky, a lifetime .307 hitter in 10 ...Read more
The term was coined by former Red Sox pitcher Mel Parnell, who during a broadcast in the 1950s recalled Pesky winning a game for him with a home run around the pole. From there, a legend seemed to grow that Pesky frequently curled shots that way ...Read more
The Red Sox legend would make sure he said goodbye to Stacey Bambrick each time he stopped by the bank. “He would always say 'see you later, kid,'” Bambrick, 42, of Medford, said. “He was a real sweetheart.” Pesky, who during a six-decade-long ...Read more