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.
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.
This sucks. I'm way too young to have seen him as a player or manager, but he's always been around the team through my entire Sox fandom. He seemed like a piece of living history, and it's truly sad to know he's not around anymore.
heard many many years ago that Pesky was an amazing hockey player- the Red Sox did not know about this but when they found out he was playing in leagues in Oregon under an assumed name they put a hault to it.
I love this part
Pesky was born in Portland, Oregon, the son of Croat immigrants. He changed his name to Pesky, which fit better in a box score. Pesky played for Lincoln High School, and later for the Portland Babes, Bend Elks and Silverton Red Sox. A skilled ice hockey player, he once worked out with the Boston Bruins.
the greatest part of Pesky though was his kindness
imagine though- led the league as a rookie in hits LEFT for the war and came back three years later and once again had over 200 hits