Johnny Pesky (1919-2012)





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Published on Aug 13, 2012

Former Red Sox infielder and manager Johnny Pesky has died at the age of 92.

Pesky, who missed three seasons due to his service in World War II, played 10 years in the big leagues, eight of those with the Red Sox before finishing his career with the Tigers and Senators. He finished his career a .307/.394/.386 hitter with 1,455 hits.

Pesky managed the Red Sox in 1963 and 1964 and again served as the team's interim manager for five games in 1980.

The right field foul pole at Fenway Park is known as Pesky's Pole, named after the left-handed hitting Pesky. The legend is that the name stems from a game in 1948 when Pesky hit a game-winning home run just around the short porch in right field at Fenway. Pesky had just 17 home runs in his 4.745 at-bats in the big leagues.

Pesky's No. 6 was retired by the team in 2008.

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