Red Sox honor Johnny Pesky in pregame ceremony
The Boston Red Sox honored Johnny Pesky by wearing his No. 6 on
the back of all their uniforms Tuesday night.
Pesky, who played, managed and served as a broadcaster for the
Red Sox in a baseball career that lasted more than 60 years, died
Aug. 13 at age 92.
Before the game against the Los Angeles Angels, managers,
coaches and players from both teams lined up along the baselines
with the Red Sox on the first-base side. The Angels wore a small
circular patch on the front of their jerseys and warmup shirts with
Pesky’s number and name on it.
Pesky’s son David threw the ceremonial first pitch to Boston
designated hitter David Ortiz.
The grass in short left field had been mowed in a pattern that
showed a No. 6 and a bugler played ”Taps” behind a microphone set
up at shortstop, Pesky’s position.
He played 10 years in the majors, the first seven-plus with
Boston. His No. 6 was retired by the Red Sox at a ceremony in
Pesky died just more than a week after his final visit to
Fenway, on Aug. 5 when Boston beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4.