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From the archives | 2004

Red Sox honor Johnny Pesky with a piece of Florida

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Momma knew best.

Johnny Pesky was ready to grab the cash - such as it was. He was leaning toward the Red Sox after scout Ernie Johnson made his living room pitch, but the Cardinals moved in at the 11th hour and were offering a little more money than the $500 the Red Sox were discussing. It was 1939, Depression time. Any extra dollar would have meant a lot to the Paveskovich family of Portland, Ore.

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