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BOSTON (AP) — Johnny Pesky, who spent most of his 60-plus years in pro baseball with the Boston Red Sox and was beloved by the team's fans, has died. He was 92.

Pesky died Monday at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, according to Solimine, Landergan and Richardson funeral home in Lynn. The funeral home did not have a cause of death.

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."

Pesky, a lifetime .307 hitter, was a player, manager, broadcaster, and most recently a special instructor for Boston. Unofficially, he was the club's goodwill ambassador.

Until the past several years, he seemed ever present at the Red Sox spring training camp in Fort Myers, Fla., and at Fenway, where he always had a few minutes to chat with fans and still had knowledge to impart to players well into his 80s.

His legacy is a permanent part of Fenway with the Pesky Pole — the right-field foul pole.

He also was a teammate and friend of Hall of Famer Ted Williams, who died in 2002.

Yet even though Pesky was a favorite of generations of players and fans, he still had his own place of notoriety in Red Sox history, a place that many think is undeserved.

Pesky was often blamed for holding the ball for a split second as Enos Slaughter made his famous "Mad Dash" from first base to score the winning run for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series.

With the score tied 3-3, Slaughter opened the bottom of the eighth inning with a single. With two outs, Harry Walker hit the ball to center field. Pesky, playing shortstop, took the cutoff throw from outfielder Leon Culberson, and according to some newspaper accounts, hesitated before throwing home. Slaughter, who ran through the stop sign at third base, was safe at the plate, and the best-of-seven series went to the Cardinals.

Pesky always denied any indecision, and analysis of the film appeared to back him up, but the myth persisted.

"In my heart, I know I didn't hold the ball," Pesky once said.

Born John Michael Paveskovich in Portland, Ore., Pesky first signed with the Red Sox organization in 1939 at the urging of his mother. A Red Sox scout had wooed her with flowers and his father with fine bourbon. His parents, immigrants from what is now Croatia, didn't understand baseball, but they did understand that the Red Sox were the best fit for their son even though other teams offered more money.

He played two years in the Red Sox minor league system before making his major league debut in 1942.

That season he set the team record for hits by a rookie with 205, a mark that stood until 1997 when fellow Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, with whom he became very close, had 209. He also hit .331 his rookie year, second in the American League only to Williams, who hit .356.

Pesky spent the next three years in the Navy during World War II, although he did not see combat. He was back with the Red Sox through 1952, playing with the likes of Williams, Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio, before being traded to the Detroit Tigers. (In 2003, author David Halberstam told the story of Pesky, Williams, Doerr and DiMaggio in his book "The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship.")

Pesky spent two years with the Tigers and Washington Senators before starting a coaching career that included a two-year stint as Red Sox manager in 1963 and 1964. He came back to the Red Sox in 1969 and stayed there, even filling in as interim manager in 1980 after the club fired Don Zimmer.

The right field foul pole at Fenway Park, just 302 feet from home plate, is named the Pesky Pole in his honor even though Pesky hit just 17 homers in his career, six at Fenway Park. The term was coined by former Red Sox pitcher Mel Parnell, who during a broadcast in the 1950s, recalled Pesky winning a game for him with a home run around the pole.

That tale, much like the Pesky "held the ball" story, appears to be a myth because team records show that Pesky never hit a home run at Fenway in which Parnell was the winning pitcher.

Pesky is survived by a son, David. His wife, Ruth, whom he married in 1944, died in 2005.

HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer

Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Published in Boston Globe on Aug. 13, 2012.
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August 17, 2017
Johnny is still remembered, even by kids who were not born when he played. My grandson is 10 and wheres the number six to honor Johnny. Loved the book and Johnny really was M.r. Red Sox
September 27, 2014
Happy Birthday in heaven Johnny, missing you always my great friend.
Eileen C. Perry
September 6, 2014
Johnny you were one of the best in the game, I enjoyed.
Watching you as a youngster and have enjoyed your being with the ball.club.though the years.
May God be with you,
Ted Poole
Ted Poole
May 28, 2014
My dad had season tickets when Johnny managed the Knoxville (Tennessee) Smokies in 1959. We had box seats at the end of the home team dugout and had small conversations with him often. The highlight came when I got to take him a box of chewing tobacco in the dressing room-I was only 13 years old. He found a ball and signed it for me and I still treasure this more than autographed balls I have purchased. He was a prince of a man. Rest in peace.
Joe Longmire, Corryton, TN
May 2, 2013
My husband has a red socks hat signed by Johnny Pesky, he visited us @ Pine Lakes C.C. in No.Fort Myers. He is in our prayers.
Jack Daley
April 24, 2013
THANK YOU FOR THE JOY YOU GAVE ME AS A KID SITTING OUT IN THE BLEACHERS, BETWEEN WILLIAMS AND DIMAGGIO RIP
GEORGIA ROBINSON
April 18, 2013
Johnny was so nice when he met my kids. He was the same age as my dad and now they are both in Heaven. Thank you Johnny !
Jimmy DelPonte
September 8, 2012
Johnny pesky was is and will forever be one of the greatest members of red sox nation
Andrew Donnelly
September 5, 2012
My condolences to the Pesky family. Johnny was a wonderful sportsman and the heart and soul of the Red Sox.

God bless.
Mary O'Connor
September 3, 2012
MY FATHER WAS IN FLIGHT SCHOOL WITH JOHNNY PESKY AND TED WILLIAMS DURING WW2. HE MET TED WHILE HE WAS IN BOSTON DEIDICATING THE TUNNEL IN HIS NAME. TED REMEMBERED MY FATHER AND HIS NICKNAME AFTER ALL THOSE YEARS. THESE GUYS WERE ALL SHARP RIGHT UNTIL THE END. GOD BLESS THEM.
MIKE MORRISSEY
August 26, 2012
First, my condolences to the family of Johnny Pesky.

Living most of my life in Indiana, I have been asked more times then I can remember why I have been a Red Sox fan for over 60 years. Simple. It came about because of my love for players like Johnny Pesky, Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr, Mel Parnell and a host of other ball players that I loved so much when I was a youngster. Read the book The Teammates: a Portrait of a Friendship by David Halberstram and you will understand why I love the Boston Redsox and why I loved Johnny Pesky.

I never had the opportunity to meed Johnny Pesky, but I will always fondly remember him as Mr. Reds Sox.
Paul Schnepf
August 26, 2012
I have a picture of him sitting on a bag of baseballs with a fungoe bat in hand= it looks like it was taken during spring training in the early eighties. I love Johnny Pesky. Rest in peace my friend!
Chritopher Schmidt
August 25, 2012
First my condolences to the family. Never got to meet the man, but wish I had the honour of doing so. I saw his heart felt ways on television each time he was at the park. He will be missed by many. Am glad he got his 2004 World Series ring before his passing. Red Sox Nation will never forget Number 6. R.I.P.
The Red Sox now has a guardian angel to watch over them now.
Aline Tischofer
August 25, 2012
First my prayers go to the family. Never got to meet the man just see him on television, but wish I had. He is truly an icon in Boston and will be missed by many. I never even got to see him play but from what I hear he was terrific. He led a full life. Am glad he got to see the 2004 World Series. I remember watching him on television when he got a ring--how happy he was and how much emotion he showed because it meant so much to him. R.I. P.
Aline Tischofer
August 23, 2012
I met Mr. Pesky once, in Spring Training 2004. He was very nice, and I was so happy when he finally got his World Series Ring the next April. RIP Mr. Red Sox
Ty
August 23, 2012
Johnny Pesky was one of the kindest and caring persons myself and our family got to meet many years ago when Johnny was at Ted Williams and friends event. Our sons 9 yrs old and 10 yrs old at the time saw Johnny and he waved our youngest son over and placed him up on his knee and just took time to speak to our family and the boys.

What a great and legendary gentleman with a heart for the game and Red Sox that he loved and for all of those he came in contact with.

Our condolences to the Pesky family he was one of those people you meet and the memories last forever.

The Higley's , Easton, Maryland
George Higley
August 23, 2012
He shall always remain in our hearts and minds as the most genuine Red Sox fan ever. His presence at Fenway always brought a sense of nostalgia, warmth and love to his fans. I will miss him and his infectious smile. My sincere condolences to his son and family.
Donna Weiss
August 23, 2012
Our sincere condolences to David and the entire Pesky family. We have lost a wonderful human being. Staying strong is never easy, but hearing all of the great comments can't help but put a smile on your face. While we are all sad, we can all thank God for the opportunity to know and enjoy Johnny. We will never forget the twinkle in his eyes whenever any of us saw and talked to him. He truly enjoyed it as much as we did.
Rest in peace, our friend. Our memories of you will live with us forever.
Bruce & Candy Orlando-Siegel
August 23, 2012
I still remember Johnny Pesky night on July 18,1951 when I attended my first major league baseball game. You were great in the field and Ted Williams hit a home run to win the game. Thanks for all the great memories and may you rest in peace forever secure in the knowledge that you were the greatest of all the Red Sox of your time.
rollo hill
August 23, 2012
Red Sox Nation has lost a true legend. Thank you for all the great memories in Red Sox history. He will be sorely missed.
J. Moore
August 23, 2012
stacie gardas
August 22, 2012
My dad is 92, born in 1919, WW2 vet and a huge Red sox fan. He has suffered 3 strokes in the last 8 weeks and he is severely debilitated. He remembers very little, can barely speak. When I told him that Johnny Pesky passed away a few days ago he looked at me and sadly said Johnny Pesky from the RED SOX? I was amazed. He remembered Johhny I think because he was in the same age group and loved Pesky for the amazing ambassadorship he showed through the years. Thanks Johnny for everything form both me and my father.
August 22, 2012
In loving memory of Johnny Pesky, Red Sox legend and my Dad's boyhood hero and and later great friend. I don't know many people who can say that they not only came to meet but befriend their hero. My Dad certainly and my sister and I have always cherished this man. He was a great athlete, a true charmer, but most of all a wonderful human being. May your shade be sweet, Needle-nose, RIP.
Hillary Hall
August 22, 2012
Boston has lost its #1 Red Sox Fan. Johnny is was always an honor to watch you be the true gentleman anf baseball fan that you were.

My prayers to your family at this time.
Lisa Vedrani
August 22, 2012
Red Sox Nation has lost a true hero and dedicated soul to boys and girls of all ages. We were blessed to have him in our lives in one form or another. Today I embrace the fact that his love and devotion to his country, team and diehard Red Sox fans will live on forever. May God Bless You Mr. Pesky. We'll all see you again "on the other side"
Lou Bosse', Jr.
August 21, 2012
Words cannot express the loss we All feel With the passing of Beloved baseball great and humanitarian Johnny Pesky. My heart, thoughts, and sincere prayers go out to the Family , Friends, Red Sox Nation, and to The great game of Baseball. We all lost an invaluable ball player,coach, Mgr., and above all a great human being. We love you Johnny !!
John Martin
August 21, 2012
RIP to Mr. Red sox. You will be missed.
Ryan Havey
August 21, 2012
So sorry for this GREAT loss..i love you Johnny Pesky! RIP. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
August 21, 2012
Boston has lost an icon,rest in peace
Johnny,we all will miss you dearly
Wayne Mcdermott
August 21, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
ann canzano
August 20, 2012
The nation lost One of the most beloved Red Sox's ever. Our prayers go out to his family, friends, and Red Sox. Forever Loved and Remembered.
Jay Parker
August 20, 2012
We shall miss you Mr.Redsox. Such a classy guy and forever a member of Redsox Nation for eternity.
Andrew Bombara
August 20, 2012
I will always remember Johnny. We used to run into each other at the old Stop and Shop in Vinnin Square. He was a great man. I send my condolences to his family, I am sorry for your loss. The kids on the Red Sox will miss him as well.
charlie blute
August 20, 2012
We shall miss you Johnny!
Frederick Woolfall
August 19, 2012
My grandgather brought me to Fenway Park to see my first game, 35 years ago. Johnny was my Grandfathers hero, and mine also. I met you when I was 11. You shook my hand and rubbed my head and told me what a pretty girl I was. I played baseball then and still do now. Because of you. Thank You Johnny Pesky. You are and will always be alive in our hearts. We love you, Boston loves you, and the Red Sox will never be the same. Thank you for dedicating your life to Boston.
Elizabeth George
Woburn, Mass
August 19, 2012
My husband was your fathers room mate in the service and lent him his car for his first date with your Mom. . My kids use to call him Uncle Pesky whenever My husband took them to a game, gave them autograph balls and made time for pictures. Never forgot a friend!!!
August 19, 2012
I wasn't born when you played but you and Tek were always my favorites. Thank you for all that you gave the Boston Fans. You will be sorely missed on this earth but you're now with your beloved wife and The Boys of Summer... whatta hell of a baseball team is playing in Heaven. You played for the love of the game and not the accolades. I will miss seeing you at Fenway...
Kristen Fraser
August 19, 2012
Simply put, Mr. Pesky was everything that was good about baseball. He was Mr. baseball in New England and he can never be replaced. I'm 48 years old and have been a sox fan since i was born. I remember going to Fenway when I was a little kid and my dad saying, "that's Johnny Pesky hitting infield/outfield practice." Somehow, I thought Johnny was just going to live forever. His body may have died, but his spirit will live forever at Fenway Park. Rest easy Mr. Pesky, you've earned it.
John Havey
August 19, 2012
This man is one of the last great men that young children have as a role model. John truly loved his fans he did not care if you were rich or poor he treated every person the same with kindness and dignity ,their was nothing phony about him,the players of today could learn a lesson from John Pesky what a wonderful world this would be if we had more men like him.
Rita Kane
August 19, 2012
R.I.P - SWEET MAN. YOU'RE ONE A KIND.
GARRETT IRVINE
August 18, 2012
I never met this wonderful man. I wish that I could have. I am a Red Sox fan for the past 60 years. I always admired the way he loved his job, wore his uniform ,carried his bat and ball. Helped the team in every after he was thru with his paying jobs. He was the Red Sox Grandfather loved by all . How wonderful to leave this world with so much love. All players take note. Lila Madfis
Lila Madfis
August 18, 2012
A wonderful man!!! I was lucky emough to get Johnny's autograph a few years back, but even more than the autograph, I was lucky enough to shake his hand. Mr. Pesky is known by fans of all ages, young and old. He will be missed. Thank you Johnny, rest in peace with your World Series ring.
Kevin Driscoll
August 18, 2012
Peky was a great player & guy. He will forever be missed in Red Sox Nation. I'm blessed to have his birthday 9/27
Adrienne Pilarski
August 17, 2012
David, your Dad mentioned to me he was very proud to have a son named David when I offered him my son's school photo to sign one day. Attached please find a photo I took of your Dad at the 2007 WS parade, your Dad made such a grande presence at Fenway Park. I am so glad he was able to be a part of the 100th anniversary. I am so so so sorry for your loss and am going to miss Mr. Red Sox so much!
Stacey Golden
August 17, 2012
Johnny was a kind and generous person as well as my favorite old time Red Sox player.RIP
Estelle Coan
August 17, 2012
I will miss the Christmas Cards from Fenway, He was one of a kind. Always with the boys from Rhode Island at Winter Haven Spring training. My prayers
dolores casey bergeron
August 17, 2012
Johnny...you WERE Mr. Red Sox Nation. The one and only ambassador of the Boston Red Sox. For over 60 years you were in our lives wearing #6 and you always will be. We will miss your sense of humor and your PLAY BALL on Opening Day. God be with you and your Ruthie. May you both dance in the heavens above and watch over your "Children of Red Sox Nation." With Love and Admiration for a great man.
Debra Hockenhull
August 17, 2012
RIP MR RED SOX!
Susan
August 17, 2012
I never had the privilege of meeting Mr. Pesky, but he seemed like a family member around our house. My dad had a life long love affair with the Red Sox and that legacy continues with me and my children. I especially loved hearing about those great teams from the 40's and 50's. Please accept my sincere condolences. Mr. Pesky will be sorely missed.
Mark Tilton
August 16, 2012
he was the true meaning of MR. BASEBALL. we will miss his visits to the ball field. i am hoping he will watch over the team for the rest of the year. God bless you Johnny Pesky...
Ingrid Colby
August 16, 2012
Simply Said ... ' I will miss that SMILE that made me smile '
D.J. W .
August 16, 2012
Barbara Althiser
August 16, 2012
Arthur Althiser
August 16, 2012
THANK YOU JOHNNIE FOR MY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF YOU AND TED AND DOM
GEORGIA
August 16, 2012
I met Johnny when I worked at the Yellow Pages Company-He helped me get a job as batting practice pitcher in 1976--he was a true gentleman and class act.
John Carco
August 16, 2012
May the dearly departed soul of Johnny Pesky rest in peace this day in the house of the LORD. I grew up watching this wonderful man play the infield for the BOSOX and his name will be forever remembered when someone speaks of the Red Sox. He was the pal of Bobby Doer, Dom DiMaggio and Ted Williams. I met all four of them at a Baseball Dinner in Manchester New Hampshire and will forever remember that evening.

John Gorski
Olympia Washington
August 16, 2012
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
August 16, 2012
So long Johnny. You exemplified what is best about the Game. Say, Hi to Ted for me........
Bob Draznik
August 16, 2012
The 2004 season was highlighted by the presence of Johnny in the clubhouse, on the field and all over the media. To see this elder statesman connect with the ball players, some of whom were a quarter of his age was astonishing. The fact he could connect with a generation decades apart from his own playing days was a testament to the mutual respect between Johnny and the Red Sox.
Scott Turley
August 16, 2012
Glad I got the chance and honor to meet you . You brought out the best the in the boy's Mannie with his joke's. Thank You for the autograph. We miss a good Leegend just like Ted Williams . God Bless You
Jean Brietzke
August 16, 2012
To the family of Johnny: my late husband loved him....he was a true gentlemen..a love of the fans and Fenway will never be the same without his smile and grace. My first ballgame at Fenway was when I was in sixth grade and my Dad took me and my sister. I was in awe of the park and am an avid fan of Fenway, of which I still attend games. Boston has the greatest fans. God speed to Johnny for he will see his "Field of Dreams" forever.
Albie
August 16, 2012
Kind, gracious, inspiring gentleman and role model. Johnny wrote a letter and sent a beautifully  autographed baseball to my Dad when heard he went into assisted living. My Dad often carried it in his wallet and spoke highly of Johnny. My Dad, his children and friends experienced Johnny's greatness. Thanks for this and so many other kind acts and valued memories. God bless.
Lisa King
August 16, 2012
We loved you Johnny!! Keep watching over all of us! You were a special guy- the soul of Sox baseball. You will be missed...
mary orourke
August 16, 2012
I went to a game 2 years ago it was 90 degrees and Mr Pesky sat in the stands and signed autographs for the kids for an hour and a half before game time. may God Bless you
August 16, 2012
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Pesky earlier this year, we had lunch along with my grandmother n law. He loved to talk about baseball. I enjoyed listening to his stories. We will miss a True Legend.
Becky Henshaw
August 16, 2012
To the the family of Johnny Pesky - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
August 16, 2012
my neighbor was friends with Babe Ruth back in the day. My dad made a point to take my neighbor and I to a game one saturday every month during the summer and fall. The look on his face when he entered Fenway Park is still etched in my mind. One Saturday we bumped into Mr. Pesky and it made his day!!! I remember him saying "this guy was a hustler". We've been lucky to have guys that took baseball second and served our country so bravely and still came back and finished their careers. So many athletes don't get credit for that..... His buddy Ted Williams is another example.. Johnny make sure there is organized baseball when I get to heaven......... God Bless... We will miss you..
greg gerrish
August 15, 2012
RIP Johnny, the heart and soul of the Sox
Michael O'Brien
August 15, 2012
As a 5th grade student I saw every game that Jhnny played as the 1941 Louisville SS when they visited my hometown Kansas City Blues.He became my boyhod hero;I kept a scrapbook of his rookie ML season cutting out and pasting in the box scores of his many good games.When I grew up we met personally and became very close friends,talking on the phone every month and spending time together on his visits to KC,mine to Boston or at spring training in Winter Haven....In his new abode I suspect Johnny will not let much time pass before he goes to the Heavenly ball park for a look at local nine.I have just one very simple,practical and heartfelt piece of advice which is "make 'em play like you did Johnny"...Good-bye and R.I.P. my hero
Joseph Hall
August 15, 2012
You will live forever in the hearts of all Red Sox fans. Thank you for just being you.
Mary
August 15, 2012
Johnny Pesky was a Boston legend. We were all blessed to have him for as long as we did!
Ann Grandmaison
August 15, 2012
Brendan Tefft with Johnny and Friends
Dear David and family: Your Dad was a wonderful man! Dad took my son, Brendan, under his wing when he was was 8 years old. He just came home from the US Marines (11 years later) and was hoping to visit Johnny in his dress blues. He will still come and visit very soon. We love you Johnny. Bob, Cindy, Mylinda, Brendan and Erika Tefft, Ooh Ra.
Bob Tefft
August 15, 2012
As a lifelong Sox fan, I was fortunate to have met Mr. Pesky a few years ago at the Winthrop Arms. He was having Sunday brunch with friends, but was so gracious to me. I was thrilled to meet him. We have lost a true New England treasure.
Nancy O.
August 15, 2012
"And he will wipe out every tear from there eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."
August 15, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to all the Pesky family on their loss. Johnny was a great human being & will leave behind a great legacy in Baseball history. It was a pleasure to have known him & be in his company.. Ed & Carole DiRamio.
Ed & Carole DIRamio
August 15, 2012
Mr.Pesky, a true gentleman and a gentle man. Thank you for your service to our country in WWII.

To the Pesky family, Thank you for sharing him with all of Red Sox Nation!
Walsh Family
August 15, 2012
Red Sox nation has lost one of the best, may he find dear friends to play fungo with above. Cynthia Dunn, Vernon, Vt.
August 15, 2012
Johnny Pesky - Met you a few times, splendid person. God Bess. Say hello to Teddy Ballgame
Bill Luster
August 15, 2012
Pesky is/was what the game is about. Class. Sympathy to his Family and Red Sox Nation for a huge loss.
Kevin Swanson
August 15, 2012
Sympathy to the Pesky family. We will miss a great player and a better person. I am so glad I got a chance to see and talk to Johnny at the alumni day a week or so ago. He will alwayws be remembered for his love of the game and the way he treated everyone. RIP Johnny hope to see you again one day.
John Tudor
August 15, 2012
When I think of all the greatest human beings in life, Johnny Pesky comes to mind. He was it optime of Class. He lived a wonderful life. May he forever be enshrined within the walls of Fenway park and baseball fans everywhere. Rest in Peace Johnny we love you.
Toni Landino
August 15, 2012
To the Pesky family, please accept my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your father, he was a wonderful man, we meet many times at various Red Sox Functions.
Roberta Limoli-Barufaldi
August 15, 2012
Sympathy to Pesky family & Red Sox nation wherever they may be. God bless 1 & all.
God bless the veterans committee of MLB Hall of Fame. Johnny's wide variety of contributions to the game speak for themselves. He belongs in the HOF. Period. Take care.
Ray Allen
August 15, 2012
Johnny was what we loved best about the Red Sox, He will be missed. 92 is a good life.
Richard Meredith
August 15, 2012
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family .Rest in peace you will be missed. God Bless.
Irene Sullivan
August 15, 2012
My admiration for a well-spent life, a classy player with a classy organization with the classiest fans is the game.
rey criollo
August 15, 2012
My wife and I will always cherish the fond memories we had with Johnny during our trips to spring training. The conversations, his smile and his love of his family and baseball.
Bruce Briand
August 15, 2012
My sincere condolences to the Pesky family. May you find comfort in the loving memories of Johnny, and hope in God's word at Psalms 55:22.
Jem D. Florida
August 15, 2012
Rip johnny
maryanne ahearn
August 15, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go to the Pesky Family. RIP #6 you will be missed.
Tricia
August 15, 2012
What a guy! The greatest. Never met him but will always remember the Pesky Pole. RIP
Emma Balboni
August 15, 2012
Johnny was was a true loving soul who will be dearly missed. Rest well dear Man, you are making the heavens brighter with your smile.
Love and sympathies,
The Jerold Devine Family
Donna Devine
August 15, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
C.S
August 15, 2012
I once met Johnny when I was 13 years old in 1975, when my Dad and his friend Gene Conley (former Red Sox pitcher and Celtic) took me to the then annual PawSox-Red Sox game @ McCoy Stadium and we got to go in the dugout and meet most of the players. What a thrill that was, and Johnny was the classiest one of all ! You'll be sorely missed by all of Red Sox nation, Johnny !
Robert Johnstone
August 15, 2012
The Red Sox Organization has lost a true gem. I was in awe as Mr. Pesky chatted and happily signed an autograph for me over 20 yrs. ago. I will cherish it always. May the greats in heaven welcome you with open arms. You will be truly missed.
Fondly,
The Monahan Family
Weymouth,Mass
August 15, 2012
RIP Johnny. Red Sox Nation has truly lost an icon and gentleman. Baseball, and sports in general, would be so much better off if there were more Johnny Pesky's. God bless the Pesky family.
Lee Morse
August 15, 2012
a great mentor and even greater man. the world has lost a real gentleman.rip my friend
c taylor
August 15, 2012
I was very fortunate to work for the Sox in the late 80s. I saw plenty of great baseball, but my happiest memories involved the good natured teasing of Johnny Pesky & Sam Mele whenever they visited the front office. I'll always remember the gracious hospitality of Johnny & Ruthie when they had the front office "kids" over for dinner one night. The photos still make me smile. Johnny will be fondly remembered.
Leslie Leary
August 15, 2012
R.I.P. Johnny, the Red Sox and Red Sox Nation have truly lost a iconic person of whom was "The Red Sox" and all they stood for.
Laurie & Michael Favreau
August 15, 2012
YOU WERE THE BEST #2 HITTER BEHIND DOM DIMAGGIO-THAT IN BASEBALL.AS FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE RED SOX COMMUNITY,YOU WERE THE BEST.HOPE THE SOX CAN WIN ONE FOR YOU.DR. JOHN MANUELIAN
JOHN MANUELIAN
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