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Red Sox: Top-5 shortstops in franchise history

Jul 16, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) grounds into fielders choice to shortstop allowing a runner to score during the third inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 16, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) grounds into fielders choice to shortstop allowing a runner to score during the third inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports /
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September 28, 2008; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox former player Johnny Pesky (6) is all smiles during the pregame celebration to retire his number before the game against he New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
September 28, 2008; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox former player Johnny Pesky (6) is all smiles during the pregame celebration to retire his number before the game against he New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE /

Johnny Pesky: 1942, 1946-1952

One of the most beloved players in team history, Johnny Pesky was honoured by the Red Sox in 2008 when his number 6 was retired. Of course, he was also immortalized after having the right-field pole in Fenway Park named after him.

Pesky’s best season came in 1946, after missing the previous three to serve in World War II. The diminutive shortstop hit .335/.401/.427, leading the MLB in hits and plate appearances. His performance that season earned him a spot on the American League All-Star Team, his only career appearance.

Pesky’s playing career with the Sox came to an end after he was traded to the Detroit Tigers part way through the 1952 season. Among shortstops in franchise history, his career .401 OBP is the highest among qualified players. Pesky’s association with the organization didn’t end after his playing career, however, as he spent nearly 60 years as a Manager and Ambassador for the Red Sox.