Editor’s note: This is a story from the Globe archives. It originally ran on March 4, 2004.
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.
But Maria Paveskovich did not want to hear it.
“She said, `No, no, no Johnny,’ “ Pesky recalled. “ `I don’t care about the money. You go with Mr. Johnson. He will look out for you.’ “
And thus was born a 65-year relationship that added another sweet chapter yesterday when the Boston Red Sox formally named practice field No. 2 at their minor league complex the “Johnny Pesky Field.”
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