BOSTON (WBZ) ― A team source confirms to WBZ that the Boston Red Sox will retire Johnny Pesky's number 6 this weekend.
The ceremony will take place prior to a game against the New York Yankees, most likely Saturday, Pesky's 89th birthday.
Pesky has been with the organization as a player, coach, manager, broadcaster or consultant for more than 60 years. He signed with the Sox as a free agent in 1940. He made his debut at shortstop in April 1942 and played more than seven seasons in Boston before he was traded to Detroit. He retired after the 1954 season with a career .307 average. Pesky came back to manage the Sox in 1963 and '64.
The Red Sox had previously had a policy in place that the only numbers they could retire were those that were in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, had played 10 seasons or more with Boston, and had finished his career with the team.
The Sox did go against that policy when they retired Carlton Fisk's number 27 because Fisk had only played seven seasons in Boston.
The Sox currently have 5 numbers retired: Bobby Doerr (1), Joe Cronin (4), Carl Yastrzemski (8), Ted Williams (9), and Carlton Fisk (27). Major League Baseball has also retired Jackie Robinson's number 42 which is displayed at all Major League parks.
An announcement could come as soon as today.