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Sports Remembering Johnny Pesky: the little big man of the Boston Red Sox

Enos Slaughter, the former Cardinals star, says Pesky was not to blame on a key play in the 1946 World Series.

By Phil ElderkinContributor / August 14, 2012

AP/File

Johnny Pesky, former shortstop for the Boston Red Sox who died Aug. 13 in Danvers, Mass., was a hit machine at the plate and a vacuum cleaner in the field. The skills of 5 ft. 9 in. Pesky and Phil Rizzuto, his 5 ft.6 in. counterpart on the New York Yankees, were compared during their careers almost as often as the press compared Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams.