Oct. 8, 1962

After official becoming manager of the Red Sox, Johnny Pesky announced that he could be a tough guy when required.

“If we have any lazy ballplayers, let them be lazy with some other team,” Pesky said. “… I want to be honest with everybody. … This is the biggest chance of my life.”

According to Boston Globe writer Harold Kaese reported that the Red Sox had proposed a deal with the Yankees that would have brought Yogi Berra to Boston as its new manager.

Tom Yawkey and general manager Mike Higgins shrugged off the report.

Ah, yet another “what if” affixed to the team’s history.

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