Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Johnny Pesky 1919-2012

Yesterday we got word that Johnny Pesky died at the age of 92.  I have always wanted to profile Pesky here but never did.

Pesky drew my attention for several reasons.  He playing career falls under the Hall of Very Good category - a career that included a 3 year military stretch.  He has been a baseball ambassador for one the leagues flahship franchises for many years, and finally a piece one of the leagues iconic structures is referenced with his name.

Green Monster w/ Pesky Pole in Foreground (2012-05-29)

You can see the Pesky Pole on the Right Side of this shot.  People bring out their Sharpies and sign the pole.  It's a pretty cool tradition that will honor and remember the man as long as Fenway stands. 

I am a big fan of the Baseball Ambassador role in the sport.  It connects genearations of fans and reminds of players our parents and grandparents followed decades ago.  Johnny Pesky was in the Boston Red Sox organization in the 1940s, and still is talked about today.  That is impressive in any discipline and an important legacy to cultivate in sports.

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