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Johnny Pesky, a major-league infielder for ten years (eight with the Red Sox) and a member of the Red Sox organization for 57 years, will have his #6 jersey retired by Boston on Friday night, joining the jerseys of Bobby Doerr, Joe Cronin, Carl Yastrzemski, Williams and Carlton Fisk.

While there's no denying the man's accomplishments, of course, this is a somewhat unusual move for the Red Sox as Pesky doesn't meet the stated requirement-- membership in the Baseball Hall of Fame-- for such an honor.

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The rules for retirement were drafted by prior ownership, not handed down as an addendum to the 10 Commandments. Plus, the prior rules were tweaked to get Fisk's number retired, as he didn't fall under 2 of the 3 categories, they just needed an excuse to have a Fisk Day to bang out the park.
Glad to see Pesky's number retired while he is still alive.
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I always thought this was a bit of a draconian rule for the BoSox to enforce all of these years. I mean, Joe Carter wasn't a HOFer, but there was no way in hell the Blue Jays weren't going to retire his number.

Pesky deserves it, good for him.

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    Originally posted by Big Bad

    Pesky deserves it, good for him.

Agreed. Johnny Pesky has always been there and should remain there forever as his number hangs in the park. With his birthday tomorrow, it seems like a fitting time to let Pesky know we all love him!

(edited by pieman on 26.9.08 0932)

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