Johnny Pesky, the Portland [Oregon] native who went on to become a beloved member of the Boston Red Sox, has died.
He was 92.
In Boston, he was one of the most cherished men ever to grace Fenway Park, with his uniform retired, a foul pole named after him and the nickname “Mr. Red Sox” bestowed upon him.
In Portland, he was John Michael Paveskovich, arguably the most honored ballplayer the city has produced.
He worked up to clubhouse boy and eventually to one of Oregon’s most famous baseball sons. The state has produced a 398-home run hitter in Dale Murphy, World Series MVPs in Scott Brosius and Mickey Lolich, not to mention current Red Sox star Jacoby Ellsbury, but Pesky’s place in baseball lore is unique.
Pesky hit .331 in his rookie season of 1942, second in the American League to teammate Ted Williams. He led the AL in hits in each of his first three seasons, 1942, ‘46 and ‘47, sandwiched around three years of military service. He was one of the game’s great contact hitters, living up to his name.
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