BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will sorely miss longtime Red Sox player, manager, and broadcaster "Mr. Red Sox" Johnny Pesky.
In a statement released on Monday, Menino said, "All of Red Sox Nation mourns the loss of 'Mr. Red Sox,' Johnny Pesky. He loved the game and he loved the fans - and we loved him. His dedication to the sport and his passion to improve the game through the mentorship of young players will be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to the Red Sox organization and all of Johnny's family and many friends."
Pesky died on Monday at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, according to Solimine, Landergan and Richardson funeral home in Lynn. The funeral home did not have a cause of death.
Pesky appeared at Fenway Park on April 20 when the Red Sox celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ballpark. The team invited all its former players back, and Pesky was moved to tears at the pregame ceremony.
Pesky, a lifetime .307 hitter, was a player, manager, broadcaster, and most recently a special instructor for Boston. Unofficially, he was the club's goodwill ambassador.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.