BOSTON (CBS) — He was a dedicated Red Sox for parts of eight different decades, and now the place Johnny Pesky called home will give him a proper farewell.
The Red Sox announced that they will hold a postgame tribute to Pesky on Sunday, Sept. 23 after their afternoon game against the Baltimore Orioles.
The “Celebration of Life” tribute, as the team calls it, is open to fans who attend the game as well as the general public, with the gates opening shortly after the game concludes. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., with current and former Red Sox players in attendance.
Fans in attendance will be able to walk the warning track at Fenway, hear stories of his long Red Sox career and see special displays honoring the lifelong baseball man who passed away in August. Fans can also write personal messages, which will be given to Pesky’s family.
Pesky joined the Red Sox in 1942 at the age of 22, but he missed the following three seasons to serve the United States in World War II. He returned to the Red Sox from 1946 until 1952, and he returned to manage the Red Sox in the ’60s and again in 1980. In addition to playing and coaching, Pesky also worked as a radio and television broadcaster of Red Sox games.