By Sandra Birungi
Pesky died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, according to Solimine, Landergan and Richardson funeral home in Lynn but the cause of his death was not announced.
He played No. 6 way back in the 1940′s but his number was officially retired by the Red Sox in 2006. He had 73 years in baseball as a player, ambassador, coach, broadcaster and spring training instructor.
According to baseball commissioner Bud Selig, the baseball crowd lost one of the greatest ambassadors of the game who might not be easily replaced. The national pastime has lost one of its greatest ambassadors. Johnny Pesky, who led a great American life, was an embodiment of loyalty and goodwill for the Boston Red Sox and all of Major League Baseball,” he said.
Ex-pitcher Pedro Martinez said the Red Sox had lost one of the greatest images of the team. “I feel like part of the Red Sox tradition just died because when I think of Johnny I think of him hitting fungos at spring training. We will all miss him so much. He was such a representative of everything that happened in Boston. It’s hard to think of the success, defeat, and all we went through without Johnny. You couldn’t do anything without Johnny Pesky,” he said.
Pesky was one of the four Red Sox players chronicled in David Halberstam’s “The Teammates” and his death leaves Bobby Doerr as the lone surviving member of that quartet. (Ted Williams and Dom DiMaggio were the other two.)
“I’ve had an interesting life,” Pesky told The Associated Press in 2005. “I have no complaints.”
Rest in Peace Johnny Pesky, you will be missed.