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.
The change was designed to help Ted Williams, a rookie in 1939, hit more homers to right field.
Pesky, who served the Red Sox as shortstop, manager, coach, announcer, and goodwill ambassador, has been a Fenway favorite since he cracked 200-plus hits in each of his first three seasons (1942, ’46, 47, interrupted by World War II) in the big leagues.
From Sept. 29, 2008: Red Sox retire Pesky’s No. 6
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