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Johnny Pesky

Take a look back at the career of the Red Sox legend with historical coverage from The Boston Globe.

In April 2005, Red Sox owners bestowed a World Series ring on Johnny Pesky after the team ended its 86-year title drought.

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In April 2005, Red Sox owners bestowed a World Series ring on Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky after the team ended its 86-year title drought.

For generations of Red Sox players, Pesky was a source of baseball knowledge. Here, Manny Ramirez gave Pesky a bear hug at spring training in 2002.

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For generations of Red Sox players, Pesky was a source of baseball knowledge. Here, Manny Ramirez gave Pesky a bear hug at spring training in 2002.

Pesky became a Red Sox legend for playing eight years for the club and for his lifetime association with the franchise.

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Pesky became a Red Sox legend for playing eight years for the club and for his lifetime association with the franchise.

Pesky, whose No. 6 was retired in 2008, served as a player, coach, manager, broadcaster, special adviser, and goodwill ambassador for the Red Sox, with whom he started in 1942.

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Pesky, whose No. 6 was retired in 2008, served as a player, coach, manager, broadcaster, special adviser, and goodwill ambassador for the Red Sox, with whom he started in 1942.

Pesky, with fellow Red Sox legend Dwight Evans, was one of the team's honored guests at Fenway Park's 100th anniversary in April 2012.

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Pesky, with fellow Red Sox legend Dwight Evans, was one of the team's honored guests at Fenway Park's 100th anniversary in April 2012.

Pesky served as an adviser to Red Sox coaches and players, including Roger Clemens, for many years.

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Pesky served as an adviser to Red Sox coaches and players, including Roger Clemens, for many years.

Pesky became a fixture at spring training, where he worked with young players. Here, he conferred with Nomar Garciaparra in 1995.

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Pesky became a fixture at spring training, where he worked with young players. Here, he conferred with Nomar Garciaparra in 1995.

Pesky, right, with Ted Williams, left the Red Sox after his rookie season to spend three seasons in military service. He returned in 1946 and led the team in hits in three straight seasons.

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Pesky, right, with Ted Williams, left the Red Sox after his rookie season to spend three seasons in military service. He returned in 1946 and led the team in hits in three straight seasons.

In 2005, Pesky lost his wife of 60 years, Ruth. “She was a hell of a gal,” he said of her.

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In 2005, Pesky lost his wife of 60 years, Ruth. “She was a hell of a gal,” he said of her.

In 2006, as the Red Sox celebrated Pesky's 87th birthday, they officially named the right field foul marker

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In 2006, as the Red Sox celebrated Pesky's 87th birthday, they officially named the right field foul marker "Pesky's Pole."

Pesky, who hit thousands of fungoes to Red Sox players over his decades with the team, will likely forever be linked as one of the faces of the franchise.

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Pesky, who hit thousands of fungoes to Red Sox players over his decades with the team, will likely forever be linked as one of the faces of the franchise.

Pesky talked hitting with Jim Rice. Rice played for the Sox from 1974 to 1989.

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Pesky talked hitting with Jim Rice. Rice played for the Sox from 1974 to 1989.

Pesky was named interim manager of the Sox toward the end of the 1980 season.

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Pesky was named interim manager of the Sox toward the end of the 1980 season.

Pesky is seen in action in an old timers’ game in 1989.

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Pesky is seen in action in an old timers’ game in 1989.

Pesky, center, appeared with former Red Sox players Eddie Pellegnino, left, and Charlie Wagner at Fenway Park in 1995.

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Pesky, center, appeared with former Red Sox players Eddie Pellegnino, left, and Charlie Wagner at Fenway Park in 1995.

Pesky is seen in 1948.

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Pesky is seen in 1948.

Johnny Pesky, guiding soul of the Red Sox family, dies at 92

Pesky became one of the most popular figures in the team’s history during a six-decade-long career as player, manager, broadcaster, coach, and executive.

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Pesky was a Red Sox fixture for decades, and he will remain so after his death at age 92.

Red Sox fans pay last respects to Johnny Pesky

Several hundred fans streamed into a Lynn funeral home to honor the resting Red Sox icon.

From the archives: More about Johnny Pesky

From the Archives | 2008

Red Sox retire Johnny Pesky’s No. 6

Pesky watched Carlton Fisk rip away a green curtain hanging over the facade of the upper deck, revealing his No. 6 as a Fenway Park monument in 2008.

From the archives | 2007

At 88, Johnny Pesky still enjoying role with Red Sox

Pesky was still a regular everyday at Fenway Park in 2007, but cognizant of how he was aging. “I don’t know how much longer I can go on,” he said.

From the archives | 2007

Baseball rule will force Johnny Pesky out of dugout

Pesky was “upset” when Major League Baseball enforced a rule that prevented him from sitting in the Red Sox dugout during games in 2007.

From the archives | 2006

Members of 1946 Red Sox reunited 60 years later

In a nostalgic home opener, six of the seven living members of the 1946 AL champion Red Sox threw out first pitches at Fenway Park in 2006.

From the archives | 2005

Johnny Pesky welcomes mourners as he remembers late wife

Pesky was married to his wife, Ruth, for 60 years before her death in 2005 at age 82.

From the archives | 2004

Johnny Pesky’s patience rewarded after World Series win

Pesky, the representative of so many Red Sox teams who failed, cried tears of joy as he celebrated with the players who just captured the team’s first title in 86 years.

From the archives | 2004

World Series win would be vindication for Johnny Pesky

Pesky, who was a popular scapegoat for the Red Sox’ World Series loss in 1946, got a vicarious shot at redemption in the teams’ 2004 Series matchup.

From the archives | 2004

Red Sox honor Johnny Pesky with a piece of Florida

Pesky said the field the Red Sox named after him was an honor usually reserved for dead people. But, even at 84, he had no plans of going anywhere.

From the archives | 2004

Breakfasts with Johnny Pesky a happy tradition

The faces have changed over the years, but one constant in the Red Sox legend’s life has been his breakfast meetings with a gaggle of friends and admirers.

From the archives | 2002

What’s Johnny Pesky’s secret to staying young?

Pesky doesn’t know why he’s thrived as a Red Sox legend for six decades. Some keys though: A loving wife, a commitment to moderation, and a strong work ethic.

From the archives | 1997

Shame on Red Sox for moving Johnny Pesky out of dugout

In 1997, a dismayed Pesky stopped sitting in the dugout during games at the orders of general manager Dan Duquette.

From the archives | 1969

Johnny Pesky back with Red Sox as TV analyst

Four years after being dismissed as manager, Pesky re-joined the franchise calling games on TV broadcasts for the 1969 season.

From the archives | 1964

Johnny Pesky not bitter after dismissal by Red Sox

Pesky, after going 146-175 in two years, was let go just prior to the end of the 1964 season, but it would prove to be only a temporary severing of ties with the franchise.

From the archives | 1962

Red Sox appoint Johnny Pesky manager

The Red Sox, after four straight years of sub-.500 records, hired Pesky for his first MLB managing job to replace Pinky Higgins.

From the archives | 1952

Red Sox deal Johnny Pesky in major trade with Tigers

The Red Sox made a five-for-four swap with Detroit that shook up the 1952 season and ended Pesky’s playing career in Boston.

From the archives | 1946

Red Sox lose Game 7 to Cardinals in 1946 World Series

Johnny Pesky’s pause with the relay throw was a factor as Enos Slaughter scored the winning run in the last of the eighth inning to clinch the championship.