Former Boston Red Sox infielder Johnny Pesky, who was a loyal part of the Boston organization for more than 60 seasons, passed away today at the age of 92. Pesky played eight seasons between 1942 and 1951, missing time between 1943 and 1945 serving in World War II, and also managed the club twice, first for two years between 1963 and 1964, and then briefly at the end of the 1980 season.
Today, 20 April 2011, marks 99 years since the Red Sox officially opened Fenway Park with a 7-6, 11-inning victory over the New York Highlanders. With that in mind, the team officially announced plans to celebrate the park’s 100th anniversary next season with the unveiling of a new web site, fenwaypark100.com. There, fans will be able to find a wide array of information, including a look at the park throughout the first 100 years, the features that make Fenway Park unique like the Pesky Pole and the Green Monster, and how to purchase bricks marked with personal messages that will be placed in the area of the concourse spanning from Gate B to Gate C. In addition, fans young and old will have the opportunity to share stories and ideas to mark the anniversary.
From President and CEO Larry Lucchino:
“We have decided to take an affirmative and active and engaging approach to this whole thing and try to make this celebration of 100 years unique. In our mind, it deserves a fitting, a grand and an extended celebration.”