conducted a great interview with Johnny Pesky
a few years back. Mr. Pesky grew up in NW Portland and attended Lincoln HS. He played with the Boston Red Sox, among other teams, in the 1940's and 50's.
Is there such a thing as royalty in baseball? Probably not (although you could probably make a case for someone in cricket, but I digress).
Are there some players that are the noble aspiration of what we all wish we could be? And, are there those that epitomize what we see as being what a baseball player should be like? If so, Johnny Pesky would have to be one of them.
He is Mr. Red Sox. He was, as Ted Williams called him, “Needle Nose”. He is the Ambassador of the Red Sox. He was “Pesky” and now is Pesky (he changed his name legally in 1947).
John Michael Paveskovich was born in Portland, Oregon on September 27, 1919. As this interview will attest, baseball, the culture in NW Portland, once known as “Slav Town” for the Slovakian community that resided there, and now sometimes called “Slab Town” played a large part in Johnny’s life.
Read the full Interview Here