A brilliant batter, Johnny Pesky all-around play rates favorably to the top shortstops/second basemen in the history of baseball. He had a great rookie year in 1942, hitting .331, second highest in the majors, trailing only Red Sox teammate Ted Williams. A contact hitter and a tough batter to strike out, John Pesky collected 205 hits that season, including 29 doubles scored 105 runs, struck out only 36 times in 620 at bats and finished 3rd in the MVP balloting. He then served in the military from 1943-1945 and returned at age 27 to the Red Sox. In 1946 he batted a robust .335, and .324 in 1947, 4th highest in the majors in each year. Pesky scored over 100 runs in his first six years with Boston and lined over 200 hits in his first three seasons. In 1949 he walked 100 times and struck out just 19 times in 148 games, and compiled a stunning .408 on-base-pct. He later managed in the minors and coached and managed in the majors.
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