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Johnny Pesky
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Shortstop / Third baseman / Manager
Born: (1919-02-27)February 27, 1919
Portland, Oregon
Died: August 13, 2012(2012-08-13) (aged 93)
Danvers, Massachusetts
Batted: Left Threw: Right
April 14, 1942, for the Boston Red Sox
Last appearance
September 24, 1954, for the Washington Senators
Career statistics
Batting average .307
Home runs 17
Runs batted in 404

As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

John Michael Pesky (born John Michael Paveskovich; February 27, 1919 – August 13, 2012), nicknamed "The Needle" and "Mr. Red Sox", was an American professional baseball player, manager and coach. He was a shortstop and third baseman during a ten-year major league playing career, appearing in 1,270 games played in 1942 and from 1946 to 1954 for three different teams.

He missed the 1943–45 seasons while serving in World War II.

Pesky was associated with the Boston Red Sox for 61 of his 73 years in baseball—from 1940 through June 3, 1952, 1961 through 1964, and from 1969 until his death in August, 2012. Pesky also managed the Red Sox from 1963 to 1964, and in September 1980.

A left-handed hitter who threw right-handed, Pesky was a tough man for pitchers to strike out. He was the first American League (AL) player to score 6 runs in a 9 inning game. He was a teammate and close friend of Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio.

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