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Red Sox honor Johnny Pesky in pregame ceremony

August 21, 2012
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BOSTON—The Boston Red Sox honored Johnny Pesky by wearing his No. 6 on the back of all their uniforms Tuesday night.

Pesky, who played, managed and served as a broadcaster for the Red Sox in a baseball career that lasted more than 60 years, died Aug. 13 at age 92.

Before the game against the Los Angeles Angels, managers, coaches and players from both teams lined up along the baselines with the Red Sox on the first-base side. The Angels wore a small circular patch on the front of their jerseys and warmup shirts with Pesky's number and name on it.

Pesky's son David threw the ceremonial first pitch to Boston designated hitter David Ortiz.

The grass in short left field had been mowed in a pattern that showed a No. 6 and a bugler played "Taps" behind a microphone set up at shortstop, Pesky's position.

He played 10 years in the majors, the first seven-plus with Boston. His No. 6 was retired by the Red Sox at a ceremony in 2008.

Pesky died just more than a week after his final visit to Fenway, on Aug. 5 when Boston beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4.

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