Photos: Johnny Pesky through the years

August, 13, 2012
A look back at the life of beloved Red Sox ambassador Johnny Pesky, who died Monday at the age of 92:

PeskyAP Photo/Abe FoxJohnny Pesky debuted with the Red Sox in 1942 as a 22-year-old shortstop.

Ted Williams, Johnny PeskyAP Photo/USNLike his teammate Ted Williams (left), Johnny Pesky (center) missed 1943, 1944 and 1945 seasons to serve in the military during World War II.

Johnny Pesky and David OrtizAP Photo/Elise AmendolaDavid Ortiz and Johnny Pesky struck up a special friendship over the years. Ortiz tweeted that Monday was a "very dark day" for Red Sox Nation.

Johnny PeskyBrad Mangin/MLB/Getty ImagesJohnny Pesky embraced the World Series trophy when the Red Sox ended their 86-year drought in St. Louis in October 2004.

Johnny PeskyAP Photo/Charles KrupaJohnny Pesky got the honor of raising the 2007 World Series banner on Fenway's Opening Day in 2008.

Johnny PeskyAP Photo/Charles KrupaEven in his 80s, Johnny Pesky would hit grounders to Red Sox players during spring training.

Pesky PoleAP Photo/Elise AmendolaJohnny Pesky had 17 career homers, but the Sox named the right-field foul pole after him because it gives power-deprived left-handed hitters a short porch.

StatuesAP Photo/Steven SennePesky is featured in a statue outside Fenway unveiled in June 2010 that depicts him alongside Williams, Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio.

Johnny Pesky, Kevin YoukilisAP Photo/Charles KrupaJohnny Pesky got a hug from Kevin Youkilis on the day his No. 6 was retired by the team in September 2008.

PeskyBob DeChiara/US PRESSWIREJohnny Pesky was at Fenway Park on several occassions early this season to help commemorate Fenway Park's 100th anniversary.

PeskyAP Photo/Elise AmendolaPesky was moved to tears during the April 20 ceremony celebrating 100 years of Fenway Park.



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