From the archives | 1964

Johnny Pesky not bitter after dismissal by Red Sox

“I’m not the first manager that’s been fired” declared a disappointed but not downcast Johnny Pesky on Friday after he had been released by the Red Sox.

Pesky was not bitter that there was no job for him in the Red Sox organization. It wasn’t until Friday morning that he was told vice-president Mike Higgins that he was being released.

“Mike called me after the game Thursday,” Pesky said, “he wanted me to have breakfast with him (Friday) morning. At breakfast, Mike told me that the Red Sox were going to make a change in manager. I know that in baseball when a team doesn’t win, they change managers. It’s a lot easier to do that than to change players.


“I knew for some time that I was likely to be fired. You’d have to be hit over the head with all the rumors going on not to know that this was going to happen. I’d thought about quitting, but I never quit a job in my life.

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The Red Sox went 70-90 this year under Pesky’s leadership, and his two-season record in Boston was 146-175.

“In Spring training, I figured we were a club good enough for a fifth- or sixth-place finish. A team with about .500 potential in the percentage column. But you don’t think about the opposition. But they have been getting stronger.”

Johnny has no definite plans for the future. He’s going to New York to take in the American League home games of the World Series and to look for a new job.

“I hope the Sox do well under (Billy) Herman” Pesky said. “I think he’s a good baseball man and I hope he wins a lot of games. I didn’t come to the ball park because I didn’t want to embarrass Bill. I’ll pick up my gear after the season is over. I’ve had five calls today. They’re all in my favor. I appreciate them. I wish I had a five for five record as manager.”