Discussion in 'Sports' started by Valerie, Aug 13, 2012.
Farewell Johnny, may you rest in peace!
Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky dies - Baseball - Boston.com
Not a hockey fan......sorry.
May he rest in peach, whoever he was.
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 teams history, died Monday. He was 92.
A lifetime .307 hitter, Mr. Pesky recorded 200 or more hits in each of his first three seasons, leading the American League in that category all three years. He hit .331 in 1942, his rookie season, finishing second to Ted Williams in the batting title race and was third in most valuable player voting. An All-Star in 1946, he was a fine fielding shortstop, his primary position. He also played third base and second base.
In 2008, he was the first player to have his number, 6, retired by the Red Sox who was not a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
He was phenomenal in those first three seasons, said his first Red Sox manager, Joe Cronin. You couldnt ask for more than he gave.
Mr. Pesky was among the first class of inductees into the Red Sox Hall of Fame, in 1995. He never made it to Cooperstown, though, which was largely attributable to three factors.
He lost three seasons at his playing peak to wartime service.
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Ted Williams and Johnny Pesky
The Legendary Pesky Pole at Fenway Park
Pesky debuted for the Red Sox as a 22-year-old shortstop in 1942 and has been with the organization in some capacity virtually every year since. He played eight seasons in Boston, giving up three years of his early career to serve in the military during World War II.
Pesky is also featured in a bronze statue outside Fenway unveiled in June 2010 that depicts him alongside Williams, Doerr and Dom DiMaggio. The quartet shared a special camaraderie that was featured in David Halberstam's book, "The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship."
"Ted, Dom and Bobby have been my closest friends since my rookie year in 1942," Pesky said when the statue was introduced. "I have had some great times with them, and I am glad that thanks to the Red Sox, our friendship will now be remembered forever in the form of this statue."
Pesky served the Red Sox in a number of capacities over the years, including player (1942; 1946-52), manager (1963-64; 1980), coach, TV and radio commentator and, most recently, ambassador. As late as a few years ago, he was still hitting fungoes to Red Sox players at spring training.
Pesky is recognized throughout New England as the personification of the Red Sox, having signed countless autographs over the years and taken photos with virtually every fan who asked.
Pesky appeared at Fenway Park on April 20 when the Red Sox celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ballpark. The team invited all its former players back, and Pesky was moved to tears at the pregame ceremony.
"I've had a good life with the ballclub," Pesky told The Associated Press in 2004. "I just try to help out. I understand the game, I've been around the ballpark my whole life."
In related news, Boston's Mayor honors him as Jimmy Pesky.
"All of Red Sox Nation mourns the loss of 'Mr. Red Sox,' Jimmy Pesky," Boston mayor Thomas Menino said. "He loved the game and he loved the fans -- and we loved him. His dedication to the sport and his passion to improve the game through the mentorship of young players will be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to the Red Sox organization and all of Jimmy's family and many friends."
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