Johnny Pesky

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Birthday
27, 1919
Birthplace
Portland, OR
Death Date
Aug 13, 2012 (93)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
27, 1919
Birthplace
Portland, OR
Death Date
Aug 13, 2012 (93)

About

Legendary Red Sox player, manager, and broadcaster who was an indelible part of the organization for more than 60 years.

Before Fame

He set a major league rookie record with 205 hits in 1942 - Hall of Fame-caliber numbers - but spent the next three years in the Navy serving in WW II.

Trivia

In 2006, on the occasion of his 87th birthday, the Red Sox unveiled a plaque at the base of the foul pole in right field, dubbing it 'Pesky's Pole' - supposedly, for his propensity to curl home runs toward it.

Family Life

He was born John Michael Paveskovich in Portland, Oregon, the son of Croatian immigrants.

Associated With

Curt Schilling, the pitcher for the 2004 Boston Red Sox team that won their first World Series in 86 years, remembered kissing and hugging Pesky during the celebration.