(born John Michael Paveskovich) September 27, 1919 - August 13, 2012, nicknamed “The Needle,” was an American professional baseball player, manager and coach.
He was a shortstop and third baseman during a ten-year Major League playing career, appearing in 1,270 games played in 1942 and from 1946-1954 for three different teams. He missed the 1943–1945 seasons while serving in World War II.
Pesky has been associated with the Boston Red Sox for 61 of his 73 years in baseball, continuously since 1969. Pesky also managed the Red Sox from 1963–1964, and in September 1980. His biography is Mr. Red Sox by Bill Nowlin.