Red Sox great Johnny Pesky dies at 92

Red Sox star Johnny Pesky died Monday at the age of 92.

His legal name was John Michael Paveskovich, but fans came to know him as “Pesky.”  In fact, Fenway Park’s right field foul pole was officially named “Pesky’s Pole” in 2006.

Pesky started with the Red Sox in 1942, managing 205 hits for a .331 batting average.  USA Today lists him as a .307 lifetime hitter while playing ten years with the Red Sox, with 404 RBIs and 17 career home runs.  He missed three years of playing, just like another famous Boston player, Ted Williams, to serve in the U.S.military during World War II.

After his playing career, Pesky began coaching, first in the minor leagues, before taking over as the manager for the Red Sox.  In two seasons, MLB.com reports that he went a combined 146-175.  He also was in the Red Sox broadcast booth from 1968-74.  His last season as a coach was in 1984, when he was the batting and bench coach for Boston.

His No. 6 was retired by the Red Sox in 2008.

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