Red Sox legend Jonny Pesky has passed away, at the age of 92, and Twitter users are paying their respects with seemingly nothing but nice things to say about the man.
Pesky, known as Mr. Red Sox, and “The Needle,” played shortstop and third base in the Majors through the 40s and early 50s, though he took a “break” from 1943-1945 to serve in World War II.
Pesky, born John Michael Paveskovich, went on to become a manager and coach for the Red Sox. He also played for the Detroit Tigers and Washington Senators late in his playing career.
He was an all star in 1946, and his Red Sox jersey, #6, went on to be retired.
We mourn the passing of @RedSox icon Johnny Pesky, who died today at the age of 92.
Johnny Pesky was the first Sox player to have his number, 6, retired by the Red Sox who was not a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Johnny Pesky dies at 92. Elias: Johnny Pesky is the only player in MLB history to lead his league in hits in each of his first 3 seasons.
Red Sox Nation mourns the loss Johnny Pesky, of one of its greatest ambassadors.
met Johnny Pesky numerous times-like every good old baseball soul, he was able to effortlessly transport one back in time..wonderful man RIP
Saddened to hear of Johnny Pesky passing. Blessed to meet such a legend and ambassador for the game. #RIPPesky
Johnny Pesky thank you for always being there for me, making me a better player and a better person. I’ll never forget you. RIP
Roses outside Fenway Park for Johnny Pesky http://t.co/51WQID9J
RIP Johnny Pesky. You will be missed in the clubhouse and by #RedSoxNation.
Jeter said Johnny Pesky told him, “I hope you get 4 hits today – and the guy behind you hits into 4 double plays.” That’s priceless
One of my career memories was hugging and kissing Johnny pesky after we won it all in 04, God Rest and God Bless his gentle soul, I miss you
Words cannot adequately describe the loss of Johnny Pesky, who has died after a lifetime of being genuinely, generously terrific to people
Johnny Pesky was Mr. Red Sox in every way. Until ill health kept him away, he had a locker in the clubhouse. Rest in peace, No. 6
RIP Johnny Pesky. One of the great baseball players and personalities of our time.