Johnny Pesky, who spent most of his 60-plus years in pro baseball with the Boston Red Sox and was beloved by the team’s fans, has died. He was 92.
Pesky died Monday at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, Mass., according to Solimine, Landergan and Richardson funeral home in Lynn, Mass. The funeral home did not have a cause of death.
Pesky appeared at Fenway Park on April 20 when the Red Sox celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ballpark. The team invited all its former players back, and Pesky was moved to tears at the pregame ceremony.
“I’ve had a good life with the ballclub,” Pesky told The Associated Press in 2004. “I just try to help out. I understand the game, I’ve been around the ballpark my whole life.”
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Pesky, a lifetime .307 hitter, was a player, manager, broadcaster, and most recently a special instructor for Boston. Unofficially, he was the club’s goodwill ambassador.
Until the past several years, he seemed ever present at the Red Sox spring training camp in Fort Myers, Fla., and at Fenway, where he always had a few minutes to chat with fans and still had knowledge to impart to players well into his 80s.
His legacy is a permanent part of Fenway with the Pesky Pole — the right-field foul pole.
He also was a teammate and friend to Hall of Famer Ted Williams, who died in 2002.
YANKEES SIGN DEREK LOWE
The Yankees signed Derek Lowe to a major league contract on Monday and said they planned to use the right-hander in the bullpen.
Lowe, a 39-year-old sinkerball pitcher, has spent time as a reliever, but mostly has pitched in the rotation for various teams, most recently the Indians. Cleveland designated him for assignment on Aug. 2 and released him on Friday.
Lowe has a 4.01 ERA in 655 major league games with the Mariners, Red Sox, Dodgers, Braves and Indians.
The Dodgers placed third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip injury and recalled Elian Herrera from Triple-A Albuquerque. … The Twins sent infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka back to Triple-A Rochester. The move was made to make room for third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who returned from a rehabilitation assignment with Rochester. … The Giants activated infielder Pablo Sandoval from the disabled list. … The Cubs recalled right-handed reliever Michael Bowden and optioned left-hander Brooks Raley to Triple-A Iowa. The team also moved third baseman Ian Stewart to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster. … White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko has cleared a battery of post-concussion tests and will resume physical activity today. … The Braves are moving to a six-man rotation for two weeks. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says he’ll pick the best five starters at the end of August. … The Orioles acquired left-handed pitcher J.C. Romero from the Indians for minor league infielder Carlos Rojas.