Johnny Pesky - 1951 Bowman

John Michael “Johnny” Pesky (born John Michael Paveskovich) (1919-2012) was the first American League player in history to score six runs in a nine-inning game. Johnny grew up in the Portland area where he played on local amateur teams in the late 1930s until a Boston Red Sox scout found him playing for the Silverton Red Sox, a team in which Boston owner, Tom Yawkey, also owned a stake. Local sportswriters shortened Paveskovich’s name to “Pesky” for both his style of play and to allow it to fit better in the box scores. It stuck, and he legally changed his name to Pesky in 1947. Pesky joined the Red Sox in 1940 and made his Major League debut in 1942. In his first season with the BoSox, Johnny led the American League in hits (205) while batting .332 and finished third in AL MVP voting. Johnny spent the next three years, the prime of his career, in the United States Navy during World War II retuning for the start of the 1946 season. Pesky seemed to never lose a step as he led the AL in hits in his first two seasons back (1946 – 208/1947 – 207) and earned his one and only AL All-Star selection in 1946. He played 10 years in the Majors with Boston (1942, 1946-1952), the Detroit Tigers (1952-1954) and the Washington Senators (1954). Johnny was a feisty utility infielder who had a knack for getting on base allowing Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr to drive him in. In 1,270 career games, Johnny Pesky hit .307 with 1,455 hits including 226 doubles, scored 867 runs, walked 662 times, and drove in 404 runs. Pesky and the Red Sox enjoyed a lengthy relationship as Johnny was tapped to manager the club on two separate occasions (1963-1964, 1980) and compiled a 147-179 record in 326 games. Fenway is also home to the famed “Pesky Pole”, named by pitching teammate Mel Parnell as he claimed to have won a game when Pesky snuck a home run around the right field foul pole to insure victory. Johnny Pesky served as a good will ambassador for the Boston Red Sox organization until his death in 2012 at the age of 93.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
3 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT+ 8.5

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