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From the archives | 2004

Breakfasts with Johnny Pesky a happy tradition

He collects pals the way some kids used to collect baseball cards. Some of those pals had names like Williams and DiMaggio and Doerr, but you know them because they’re famous.

But for longer than Johnny Pesky can even remember and the man can still tell you about making $150 a month playing ball in 1940 in Rocky Mount, N.C. he has been doing this every morning, Monday to Friday, filling up a couple of booths in a breakfast joint and having his sausage and eggs, coffee and hash browns, with guys who have little in common other than their affection for an old ballplayer.

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