Red Sox Legend Johnny Pesky Dies At 92 Years Old

August 13, 2012 12:00 AM
Red Sox Legend Johnny Pesky Dies At 92 Years Old
" BOSTON (CBS) — Johnny Pesky, a former Red Sox player who spent parts of the last eight decades with the organization, passed away Monday at the age of 92.

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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