Red Sox Icon Johnny Pesky Passes Away
(BOSTON) — Former Boston Red Sox infielder Johnny Pesky passed away on Monday. He was 92.
Nicknamed “The Needle,” Pesky spent most of his 60-plus years in baseball with the Red Sox in a variety of areas, including as a player, manager and broadcaster.
Pesky broke into the majors with Boston in 1942, where he batted .331 with 205 hits, finishing third in the American League MVP voting. He would go on to play ten years in the big leagues, leaving the game with a .307 average, 1,455 hits, 867 runs and 404 RBIs.
The Red Sox held a ceremony in September 2006 to dedicate the right-field pole at Fenway Park in his honor. In 2008, the ballclub retired his No. 6 jersey.
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