view of Fenway Park

Sept. 21, 1947

Generations of Red Sox fans recall Johnny Pesky as the old guy who hit fungos, had the right-field foul pole named after him, and did TV commercials for a company that makes windows.

Those a shade older, or who count themselves as baseball history enthusiasts, know that the coach, manager and broadcaster prefaced those careers by establishing himself as a pretty solid ballplayer.

Pesky’s plaudits on this occasion marked his 26-game hitting streak, then the best in Red Sox history, and the best in the American League that season.

During the streak Pesky batted .402, with 43 hits and 23 runs scored in 107 at bats.

Pesky also topped the 200-hit mark for third time, becoming the third man with 200 hits in his first three big-league seasons.

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