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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Remembering Red Sox Great Johnny Pesky

Former Boston Red Sox player Johnny Pesky in 2008 in Boston. (AP)The late Johnny Pesky (left) sits with broadcaster Jonny Miller. (Courtesy Jonny Miller)WBUR's Bill Littlefield with Johnny Pesky. (WBUR)In this Sept. 25, 1949 file photo, Boston Red Sox pitcher Mel Parnell, center, is flanked by teammates Ted Williams, left, and Johnny Pesky after defeating the New York Yankees 4-1 in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP)Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, 89, left, waves to the crowd alongside former teammate Johnny Pesky at Fenway Park in Boston, prior to a baseball game between the Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles in 2007. (AP)

Legendary Red Sox player, manager, and broadcaster Johnny Pesky died Monday at the age of 92. He was greatly loved by Boston fans and past and present players, so much so that in 2006 the right-field pole at Fenway Park was formally designated “Pesky’s Pole” after a widely held belief that Pesky hit shots around it.

Johnny Pesky had lifelong friendships with teammates Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, and Bobby Doerr which the late David Halberstam wrote about in his 2003 book “The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship.” In 2003, Robin Young had a chance to speak to them about baseball and their longtime relationship. We revisit that conversation.

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