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Johnny Pesky

John Michael Pesky (The Needle)
born John Michael Paveskovich

Positions: Shortstop and Third Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 168 lb.

Born: February 27, 1919 in Portland, Oregon, US
Died: August 13, 2012 in Danvers, Massachusetts, US
High School: Lincoln HS (Portland, OR)

Major League Stats / View Player Bio from the SABR BioProject


Minors Batting

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1940 21 -3.4 Rocky Mount PIED B BOS 136 576 187 28 16 4 .325 .450 259
1941 22 -4.8 Louisville AA AA BOS 146 656 600 93 195 25 5 1 48 16 45 37 .325 .373 .388 .761 233 1 10
1955 36 9.3 Denver AA AAA NYY 66 169 137 32 47 7 2 1 18 2 26 9 .343 .446 .445 .892 61 3 2 1 3
1956 37 13.8 Durham CARL B DET 17 35 6 2 0 0 .171 .229 8
4 Seasons 365 1436 1348 125 435 62 23 6 66 18 71 46 .323 .357 .416 .773 561 3 3 11 3
B (2 seasons) B 153 611 611 193 30 16 4 .316 .316 .437 .753 267
AA (1 season) AA 146 656 600 93 195 25 5 1 48 16 45 37 .325 .373 .388 .761 233 1 10
AAA (1 season) AAA 66 169 137 32 47 7 2 1 18 2 26 9 .343 .446 .445 .892 61 3 2 1 3
A 7890 (underlined) value in the totals indicates career mark is incomplete.

Minors Fielding

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G CG Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/G lgCS% PO
1940 21 Rocky Mount PIED B BOS SS 136 736 257 435 44 .940 5.09
1941 22 Louisville AA AA BOS SS 146 751 308 411 32 80 .957 4.92
1955 36 Denver AA AAA NYY 3B 30 74 22 45 7 2 .905 2.23
3 Seasons 312 1561 587 891 83 82 .947 4.74
SS (2 seasons) SS 282 1487 565 846 76 80 .949 5.00
3B (1 season) 3B 30 74 22 45 7 2 .905 2.23
A 7890 (underlined) value in the totals indicates career mark is incomplete.

Managing

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G W L W-L%
1956 37 Durham CARL B DET 1 of 1 153 84 69 .549
1957 38 Birmingham SOUA AA DET 1 of 1 154 74 79 .484
1958 39 Lancaster EL A DET 1 of 1 132 75 57 .568
1959 40 Knoxville SALL A DET 1 of 1 140 78 62 .557
1960 41 Victoria TL AA DET 1 of 1 148 77 69 .527
1961 42 Seattle PCL AAA BOS 1 of 1 154 86 68 .558
1962 43 Seattle PCL AAA BOS 1 of 1 151 76 74 .507
1963 44 Boston AL MLB BOS 1 of 1 161 76 85 .472
1964 45 Boston AL MLB BOS 1 of 2 162 72 90 .444
1968 49 Columbus IL AAA PIT 1 of 1 146 82 64 .562
1980 61 Boston AL MLB BOS 1 of 2 160 83 77 .519
1990 71 Pawtucket IL AAA BOS 1 of 2 146 62 84 .425
12 Seasons 1807 925 878 .513
AAA (4 seasons) 597 306 290 .513
MLB (3 seasons) 483 231 252 .478
A (2 seasons) 272 153 119 .563
AA (2 seasons) 302 151 148 .505
B (1 season) 153 84 69 .549

W-L Totals are for the entire season even if they managed only part of the season.
Sequence may not be in order actually managed. Rank or Pennants Won may not be given for some seasons.

Teams Played For

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff
1940 21 Rocky Mount Red Sox Piedmont League B BOS
1941 22 Louisville Colonels American Association AA BOS
1942 23 Boston Red Sox American League MLB BOS 1
1943 24 Military Service
1944 25 Military Service
1945 26 Military Service
1946 27 Boston Red Sox American League MLB BOS 1
1947 28 Boston Red Sox American League MLB BOS 1
1948 29 Boston Red Sox American League MLB BOS 1
1949 30 Boston Red Sox American League MLB BOS 1
1950 31 Boston Red Sox American League MLB BOS 1 1950-04-18 1950-09-30
1951 32 Boston Red Sox American League MLB BOS 1 1951-04-18 1951-09-30
1952 33 Boston Red Sox American League MLB BOS 1 1952-04-15 1952-05-27
1952 33 Detroit Tigers American League MLB DET 2 1952-06-09 1952-09-28
1953 34 Detroit Tigers American League MLB DET 1 1953-04-14 1953-09-26
1954 35 Detroit Tigers American League MLB DET 1 1954-04-14 1954-06-13
1954 35 Washington Senators American League MLB WSH 2 1954-06-15 1954-09-24
1955 36 Denver Bears American Association AAA NYY
1956 37 Durham Bulls Carolina League B DET

Sabr ID: 23baaef3

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