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Explaining Pesky’s Pole

The right-field foul pole at Fenway Park is only 302 feet from home plate. A ball clanging off the yellow stanchion is the cheapest home run in the major leagues. The Red Sox officially named it ‘‘Pesky’s Pole’’ in a pregame ceremony on Johnny Pesky’s 87th birthday in 2006, but like a lot of Fenway folklore, Pesky’s Pole is shrouded in mythology.

The distance from home plate to the right-field foul pole was 325 feet before 1940, when Sox owner Thomas A. Yawkey reconfigured the dimensions while moving the bullpens from foul territory to right field.

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