Monday, August 13, 2012

RIP Johnny Pesky

Heavy-hearted farewell to Johnny "The Needle" Pesky, who passed away today at age 92.

Pesky continued to make public appearances and sign for fans whenever his health allowed. I like the Fenway Park shots and bat barrel on this one.

In addition to being the namesake of Pesky's Pole and "Mr. Red Sox" to pretty much everyone in New England, Johnny was one of two living players from David Frishberg's song "Van Lingle Mungo." See my January 2012 post for more on his connection to that unusual piece of Americana.

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