Today is a grave day for all members of Red Sox Nation. Yesterday, we lost one of our own. Johnny Pesky, one of the most prominent figures ever to wear a Red Sox uniform, passed away. He was 92.
It is almost impossible to state how much Johnny Pesky meant to the city of Boston and the Red Sox. Pesky was one of the most beloved Boston Red Sox players in history. He is one of the few players who have had their number retired by the Sox. Pesky started his career for the Boston Red Sox in 1940. Over the next seven decades, he spent over sixty years with the organization. He played shortstop and was an excellent contact hitter. Pesky also lost three years of his prime when he fought in World War II. Pesky was also a manager, managing the Sox in 1963-64 and again in 1990. Pesky also spent time as a broadcaster. In 1995, the Red Sox established the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. Pesky was a member of the inaugural class. Pesky, along with Bobby Doerr, threw out the first pitch for the 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park. The right field pole is named in his honor.
Thank you, Mr. Pesky, for all that you have done for this team. We will never forget you.