"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
A great man who was part of one of the greatest moments in baseball history in the '46 World Series. Boston fans revere him and rightly so.
Another one of the good guys are gone.
Truly grateful he and Bobby Doerr made it to Fenway's 100th.
"Reality tells us there are no guarantees. Except that some day Jon Lester will be on that list of 100-game winners." - Peter Gammons
I'm sorry to hear this news. He seemed like a really good man. I'm glad he saw the Sox win a world series. There can't be too many left who played in the 40's and who served in WWII.
Reds Fan Since 1971
Was around him a couple times in the 90s -- he was just great with the fans, and always in uniform. A baseball player his whole long life.
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
He was a great guy. I remember him managing bad Red Sox teams in the early 1960s. He had to put up with Dick Stuart's attitude, but it was rumored it was Carl Yastrzemski who got him fired.
After a stint as a coach with the Pirates, he came back to the Sox for a long, long time.
"I am your child from the future. I'm sorry I didn't tell you this earlier." - Dylan Easton
Great book about him, Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, and Bobby Doerr by David Halberstam, called The Teammates. Highly recommended.
ďA healthy Reds team is a strong Reds team"
I went in search of a list of living MLB WWII veterans and this is what I found. According to this list 144 are still living which includes Pesky. So it's 143 now. That's not many out of over 500 at one time. I don't know when this list was last updated either. So it may be less than the 143.
Reds Fan Since 1971