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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, United States
Died: August 13, 2012 in Danvers, Massachusetts, United States
High School: Lincoln HS (Portland, OR)

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Register 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 -3.3 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
1942 23 -4.9 BOS AL MLB BOS 147 686 620 105 205 29 9 2 51 12 7 42 36 .331 .375 .416 .791 258 8 2 22
1946 27 -2.6 BOS AL MLB BOS 153 703 621 115 208 43 4 2 55 9 8 65 29 .335 .401 .427 .827 265 8 3 14
1947 28 -1.3 BOS AL MLB BOS 155 719 638 106 207 27 8 0 39 12 9 72 22 .324 .393 .392 .785 250 10 0 9
1948 29 0.0 BOS AL MLB BOS 143 677 565 124 159 26 6 3 55 3 5 99 32 .281 .394 .365 .759 206 10 6 7
1949 30 1.2 BOS AL MLB BOS 148 713 604 111 185 27 7 2 69 8 4 100 19 .306 .408 .384 .792 232 12 4 5
1950 31 2.2 BOS AL MLB BOS 127 605 490 112 153 22 6 1 49 2 1 104 31 .312 .437 .388 .825 190 13 5 6
1951 32 3.0 BOS AL MLB BOS 131 573 480 93 150 20 6 3 41 2 2 84 15 .313 .417 .398 .815 191 10 2 7
1952 33 4.3 2 Teams AL MLB DET-BOS 94 307 244 36 55 6 0 1 11 1 5 56 16 .225 .372 .262 .634 64 3 1 6
1952 33 4.3 BOS AL MLB BOS 25 84 67 10 10 2 0 0 2 0 3 15 5 .149 .313 .179 .492 12 1 1 1
1952 33 4.3 DET AL MLB DET 69 223 177 26 45 4 0 1 9 1 2 41 11 .254 .394 .294 .688 52 2 0 5
1953 34 5.3 DET AL MLB DET 103 342 308 43 90 22 1 2 24 3 7 27 10 .292 .353 .390 .743 120 4 2 5
1954 35 6.6 2 Teams AL MLB WSH-DET 69 191 175 22 43 4 3 1 10 1 1 13 8 .246 .296 .320 .616 56 4 0 2 1
1954 35 6.6 DET AL MLB DET 20 20 17 5 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 1 .176 .300 .353 .653 6 2 0 0 0
1954 35 6.6 WSH AL MLB WSH 49 171 158 17 40 4 3 0 9 1 1 10 7 .253 .296 .316 .612 50 2 0 2 1
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
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
MLB (10 seasons) MLB 1270 5516 4745 867 1455 226 50 17 404 53 49 662 218 .307 .394 .386 .780 1832 82 25 83 1
Minors (4 seasons) Minors 365 1436 1348 125 435 62 23 6 66 18 71 46 .323 .416 561 3 3 11 3
All Levels (14 Seasons) 1635 6952 6093 992 1890 288 73 23 470 71 49 733 264 .310 .393 2393 85 28 94 4
B (2 seasons) Minors 153 611 611 193 30 16 4 .316 .437 267
A 7890 (underlined) value in the totals indicates career mark is incomplete.

Register Fielding

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G PB WP SB CS CS% 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
1942 23 BOS AL MLB BOS SS 147 1311.0 822 320 465 37 94 .955 5.39 5.34
1946 27 BOS AL MLB BOS SS 153 1353.0 800 296 479 25 96 .969 5.16 5.07
1947 28 BOS AL MLB BOS 3B 22 188.0 64 25 38 1 7 .984 3.02 2.86
1947 28 BOS AL MLB BOS SS 133 1177.0 658 251 391 16 90 .976 4.91 4.83
1948 29 BOS AL MLB BOS 3B 141 1249.0 446 121 303 22 35 .951 3.06 3.01
1949 30 BOS AL MLB BOS 3B 148 1309.0 533 184 333 16 48 .970 3.55 3.49
1950 31 BOS AL MLB BOS 3B 116 1018.0 428 160 257 11 29 .974 3.69 3.59
1950 31 BOS AL MLB BOS SS 8 69.0 57 23 32 2 7 .965 7.17 6.88
1951 32 BOS AL MLB BOS 2B 5 54.0 16 5 11 0 3 1.000 2.67 3.20
1951 32 BOS AL MLB BOS 3B 11 97.0 37 14 19 4 2 .892 3.06 3.00
1951 32 BOS AL MLB BOS SS 106 917.0 566 204 340 22 74 .961 5.34 5.13
1952 33 2 Teams AL MLB BOS-DET 3B 22 166.0 55 18 33 4 0 .927 2.77 2.32
1952 33 2 Teams AL MLB DET-BOS SS 43 323.0 193 81 103 9 26 .953 5.13 4.28
1952 33 BOS AL MLB BOS 3B 19 148.0 48 16 28 4 0 .917 2.68 2.32
Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO
1952 33 BOS AL MLB BOS SS 2 8.0 5 3 2 0 1 1.000 5.62 2.50
1952 33 DET AL MLB DET 2B 22 90.0 65 27 36 2 12 .969 6.30 2.86
1952 33 DET AL MLB DET 3B 3 18.0 7 2 5 0 0 1.000 3.50 2.33
1952 33 DET AL MLB DET SS 41 315.0 188 78 101 9 25 .952 5.11 4.37
1953 34 DET AL MLB DET 2B 73 606.0 352 166 183 3 49 .991 5.18 4.78
1954 35 WSH AL MLB WSH 2B 37 298.0 187 92 91 4 22 .979 5.53 4.95
1954 35 WSH AL MLB WSH SS 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
1955 36 Denver AA AAA NYY 3B 30 74 22 45 7 2 .905 2.23
MLB (4 seasons) MLB 2B 137 1048.0 620 290 321 9 86 .985 5.25 4.46
MLB (6 seasons) MLB 3B 460 4027.0 1563 522 983 58 121 .963 3.36 3.27
MLB (7 seasons) MLB SS 591 5151.0 3096 1175 1810 111 387 .964 5.22 5.05
Minors (2 seasons) Minors SS 282 1487 565 846 76 80 .949 5.00
All Levels (4 Seasons) 2B 137 1048.0 620 290 321 9 86 .985 5.25 4.46
All Levels (7 Seasons) 3B 490 4027.0 1637 544 1028 65 123 .960 3.36 3.21
All Levels (9 Seasons) SS 873 5151.0 4583 1740 2656 187 467 .959 5.22 5.04
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
1940 21 Rocky Mount Red Sox Piedmont League B
1941 22 Louisville Colonels American Association AA
1942 23 Boston Red Sox American League MLB 1
1943 24 Military Service
1944 25 Military Service
1945 26 Military Service
1946 27 Boston Red Sox American League MLB 1
1947 28 Boston Red Sox American League MLB 1
1948 29 Boston Red Sox American League MLB 1
1949 30 Boston Red Sox American League MLB 1
1950 31 Boston Red Sox American League MLB 1 1950-04-18 1950-09-30
1951 32 Boston Red Sox American League MLB 1 1951-04-18 1951-09-30
1952 33 Boston Red Sox American League MLB 1 1952-04-15 1952-05-27
1952 33 Detroit Tigers American League MLB 2 1952-06-09 1952-09-28
1953 34 Detroit Tigers American League MLB 1 1953-04-14 1953-09-26
1954 35 Detroit Tigers American League MLB 1 1954-04-14 1954-06-13
1954 35 Washington Senators American League MLB 2 1954-06-15 1954-09-24
1955 36 Denver Bears American Association AAA
1956 37 Durham Bulls Carolina League B

Sabr ID: 23baaef3

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