Former Boston Red Sox Johnny Pesky greets the fans before the home opener between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
One of the most beloved men ever associated with the Boston Red Sox has passed away.
Johnny Pesky, who played, coached and broadcast for the Boston Red Sox for more than six decades, becoming a favorite of fans who dubbed the right-field foul pole at Fenway Park "Pesky's Pole" because of some short home runs he managed to wrap around the short distance to right field, has passed away.
Pesky, whose birth name was John Michael Paveskovich, was an All-Star infielder for the Red Sox in the late 1940s and early 1950's; he became famous in a not-positive way when he held on to the ball in the 1946 World Series as Enos Slaughter dashed across the plate for what turned out to be the winning run.
After a 10-year playing career interrupted by World War II, Pesky became a coach, manager and radio announcer for the Red Sox; he became famous as a coach for being able to accurately hit fungoes off the Green Monster to help Red Sox outfielders practice. He was associated with the team for more than 60 years; his passing comes just about a month short of what would have been his 93rd birthday.