By Carl Stevens, WBZ NewsRadio 1030

SALEM (CBS) – Johnny Pesky, who lived in Swampscott, used to come to the Salem Diner for breakfast.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

He wasn’t just a legend here, as he was to many Red Sox fans, he was a friend.

Photos: “Mr Red Sox” Johnny Pesky

“Not only would he have breakfast with all the guys, he would shake the kids’ hands. He was the star but he was real, he was human and he would go the whole nine yards for everybody,” Nancy Liebman told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

There are pictures of Johnny Pesky all over the Salem Diner.

He even has his own table, called Pesky’s Corner, where Johnny would gather with his pals, order one egg, sausage, toast and share pages from the mental scrapbook of a long, full life.

One of those pals was Mark Blass.

“He was just a great guy. I’ll tell you a story – one time after we went to the diner, I came out of the Stop and Shop and it was pouring out and I didn’t have an umbrella and Johnny jumped out of his car, put the umbrella up and walked me to my car. Just the greatest guy.”

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