He played with Ted Williams and was close friends with the Splendid Splinter, Dom DiMaggio, and Bobby Doerr. David Halberstam wrote a book about their friendship, The Teammates: A Portrait Of A Friendship. He came up to the big leagues in 1942 and spent the next three seasons in the military during World War II. He was not only a player but a manager, broadcaster, and coach with the organization. It was one of the happiest days of his life when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 and another happy day in 2007 with another championship.
Johnny Pesky's No. 6 was retired in 2008 and Pesky's Pole (right field foul pole) is one of Fenway Park's landmarks. He could still hit fungoes while in his eighties. He was an ambassador for the Red Sox and everyone said that he was a nice guy and a true gentleman. He began to slide after the death of his wife a few years ago, but he was in his wheelchair this year for Opening Day when all the Red Sox players past and present were invited to celebrate Fenway Park's 100th anniversary.
SEPTEMBER 27, 1919-AUGUST 13, 2012