Pesky was a Boston institution for more than six decades.
Played for Boston: 1942, 1946-1952
Boston Stats: 1,029 G, .313 BA, 13 HR, 361 RBI, 1,277 H, 776 R, 581 BB
You know a baseball player has had a good career when a part of a major league stadium is named after him.
Johnny Pesky inspired the eponymous right field foul pole (Pesky Pole) in Fenway Park. Although he hit only six career home runs in Boston and there is no definitive story of how the pole got its name, fans embraced its association with the former shortstop.
A left-handed hitter, Pesky lived up to his last name by seemingly always being on base. He led the American League in hits in 1946 and 1947, and finished his career in Boston with a .401 OBP.
Only once did he hit less than .306 during his seven full seasons as a member of the Red Sox. His best year came in 1946 when he hit .335 with two home runs, 55 RBI and 115 runs scored in 153 games.
Pesky became a beloved figure in Boston, serving as a coach and ambassador for the team for nearly 60 years after he retired as a player. There was outrage when only four members of the current team attended his funeral when he passed away at the age of 92 in 2012, even though it was in the midst of the season.