Monday, July 7th
BURLINGTON, VT -- Before Manny. Before Papi. There was Pesky.
Johnny Pesky putting his John Hancock on hats...bats...balls and books Sunday night at Centennial Field. His new biography Mr. Red Sox chronicles his 60 plus years in Baseball.
"I started with them in 1940 in Class B ball I went to Rocky Mountain and then next year from B I went to AAA and then next year I went to the big leagues.", said Pesky.
Pesky is still a red sox employee...and has to two world series rings to prove it. He played for Boston from 1942-1954...and that includes the 3 seasons he missed serving in World War Two. Then there's the long-time friendship with Ted Williams.
"He used to marvel at some of the hits I got.", said Pesky. "I got a lot of stinkers to. He did say this to me one day he said Johnny you hit a ball as hard as I do and I said you're crazy you're 6 foot 4 and I'm 5 foot 9. He said there's no difference you do."
Pesky is a living legend. A tie to a game gone by.
He has a fenway foul pole all to himself, and a half-century of wisdom to pass on to the games next generation.
Johnny Pesky might be mini compared to these Monsters...but his love for the game is gigantic. So is his biography. 388 pages. Many more stories.
--- Mike McCune
PO Box 4508