No mish-mash of words can do Johnny Pesky‘s wonderous life justice but this is my attempt..
The Boston Red Sox were founded in 1901 as an original franchise of the American League. That is 111 years of ballplayers, coaches, and managers. Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, and Wade Boggs. Premiere hitters, dominant pitchers, and mastermind managers but only one Johnny Pesky.
Non-Sox fans might wonder what made Pesky so special and question why he will always have a spot in our hearts. I don’t know what to tell them because it’s impossible to narrow it down to just one reason.
We put to rest a man that lived and breathed for others. This is a lifetime .307 hitter that pushed his baseball career aside to fight for his country in World War II. A player that was so important to his team that he worked for them for 61 years but no matter how busy he was, he always had time for the three F’s: his fans, friends, and family.
His importance was never as evident as it was in 2004 when the Red Sox ended their 86 year championship drought. There was no question as to who would help raise the championship banner and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Pesky received his championship ring.
He is and forever will be the epitome of Boston Red Sox baseball, and Fenway Park won’t ever be the same without him. At 92 years old, we say goodbye. You’ll be missed Johnny.