Yesterday was a great day in Boston as the Red Sox retired the jersey of one Johnny Pesky. You don't know who Johnny Pesky is? Well let me tell you the story of Mr. Pesky or as he is called her in Oregon, "Mr. Red Sox."
A couple weeks ago I didn't know who Mr. Pesky was either until I visited the Silverton History museum and found out all about Mr. Pesky and now seeing his number retired is just awesome. You see, in 1938 in Silverton, Oregon, they had a AAA ball club called the Silverton Red Sox. That is where Mr. Pesky got his start. He played baseball here, went off to war, came back, and then got drafted to the big leagues where he has been with the Boston Red Sox ever since!
Mr. Pesky may not be famous outside of Boston, but outside of Portland, in the little town of Silverton, they are proud to have some history with Mr. Red Sox. They even have a mural of the Red Sox in the middle of town and one of the uniforms in the museum.
So, if you are looking to know more about Mr. Pesky, I suggest you come to Oregon and stop off in Silverton, Oregon, and ask about him. I promise they will be glad to tell you about their local baseball star that has a uniform number retired in Boston. Also don't forget to ask about the Pesky Pole! But, in case you can't make it to Silverton, I can tell you that the right field foul pole is named after him.
For more information on Johnny "Mr. Red Sox" Pesky, I suggest you pick up the book about him, "Mr. Red Sox: The Johnny Pesky Story", by Bill Nowlin. I know I have it on order and can't wait to get it!
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