Will always remember my, and some of my friends, first time at Fenway 1946---Yankees, with Joe DiMaggio and other Yankee greats; and Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and other Red Sox greats.
Got Pesky's autograph-----no problem----he was more than "nice" about taking time to give kids his time and autograph. Always a gentleman!
But when I asked him to get me William's autograph--he replied:...."No way kid, he dictates when, time and place, he gives autographs, not today."
BTW---Wiliams was watching the starting Yankee pitcher warm-up!
Rest In Peace, Johnny!
I met Johnny on several occasions after his playing days, he was always friendly and cordial.
My prayers go out to his family and friends.
Of course, we always have Pesky's Pole !!!
Amazing how a Foul Pole get's named after a player who only hit 6 home runs in Fenway ( I wonder how many actually hit the pole???).
If not for the short distance location of that pole, Johhny, as a left-handed batter; and not a power hitter, he probably would not have hit any homers at Fenway.
I saw one (not in 1946) that did, in fact, hit the pole; and too many others that narrowly missed--for foul balls.
Of course, as you may recall, after Tom Yawkey signed lefty Williams, the home-run distance to right field was shortened when Yawkey had the bullpens built there in front of the right field stands. Helped many of the opposition lefty batters too---AND--some right handed ones as well.
I did know that Yawkey moved the bullpens into right field to help Ted hit more homers.
As you said, it not only helped Ted but it has helped a lot of other batters too (Yaz being one of them)!
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