Red Sox Legend Johnny Pesky
16″ x 20“, Oil on Canvas, 2018
by Charles C. Clear III

Johnny Pesky is known as Mr. Red Sox because he spent six decades with the team as a player, coach, manager, announcer, special assistant to the general manager, and beloved Baseball Ambassador.

Pesky joined the Boston Red Sox in 1942. He played shortstop and third base. Pesky left baseball to serve in the United States Navy during World War II. He returned to the Red Sox in 1946 and played for them until 1952.

Pesky collected over 200 hits each of his first three years with the Red Sox. He was the first American League player to score six runs in a 9-inning game, and he led the American League in base hits three times — his first three seasons in the majors — and was among the top ten in on-base percentage six times. He retired with a .307 career batting average in 4,745 at bats as a Major Leaguer.

In 2006, the Red Sox honored Pesky by officially naming the right-field foul pole “Pesky’s Pole”. In 2008, the Red Sox retired Pesky’s #6 to mark his 89th birthday and his 61 years of service to the ball club.


This portrait of Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky was painted on hand-stretched heavyweight canvas over a modified stretcher with a 1½” gallery-wrapped edge. It can be hung with or without a frame.

This original painting of Johnny Pesky is for sale. Inquire for pricing. Prints are also available upon request. Contact me for more information.

Charles C. Clear III