Red Sox Legend PassesWord broke today that former Boston Red Sox legend, Johnny Pesky, passed away at the age of 92. Pesky, nicknamed The Needle, began his career with the Red Sox in 1942. He missed the next three full seasons due to military service during World War II. When he returned, he played for the Red Sox again from 1946 until he was traded to the Detroit Tigers in 1952. He ended his career with the Washington Senators in 1954.
During his 10 major league seasons, Pesky compiled a career .307 batting average, a .780 OPS, hit 17 home runs, and drove in 404 runs. His uniform number, 6, was retired by the Red Sox during the 2008 season. The right field foul pole which stands only 302 feet from home plate, was officially named "Pesky's Pole" during the 2006 season. During his career, Pesky was not much of a power hitter. In fact, he hit six of 17 career home runs at Fenway Park. Those six home runs were aided by the short distance of that pole.