Johnny Pesky

In the pantheon of Red Sox Nation, he was the only player to have his number retired but never make the Hall of Fame. Of Croatian ancestry, he was named John Paveskovich but shortened his surname to Pesky. He hit .307 lifetime and died at 92, after serving over seven decades as player, manager, coach, broadcaster and the team's greatest ambassador to fans throughout New England. In 2006 the Red Sox officially named the foul pole at the end of Fenway Park's short right-field line Pesky Pole. A contact hitter, he had only 17 career home runs (just six at Fenway)....

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