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From the Archives | 2008

Red Sox retire Johnny Pesky’s No. 6

Johnny Pesky covered his face with his hands, not quite hiding his moist eyes. He stood behind home plate at Fenway Park, looking out to right field through the raindrops, just beyond and to the left of the foul pole named after him.

Pesky watched Carlton Fisk rip away a green curtain hanging over the facade of the upper deck, revealing Pesky’s No. 6 between Joe Cronin’s No. 4 and Carl Yastrzemski’s No. 8. Pesky wore the home white No. 6 uniform as he watched, the last time anyone will wear it.

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