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Red Sox honor Pesky and longtime fan

Red Sox honor Pesky and longtime fan

Red Sox honor Pesky and longtime fan
BOSTON -- The Red Sox honored two of the wisest members of Red Sox Nation on Saturday afternoon, when Johnny Pesky was on hand 75 years to the day after he made his Major League debut at Fenway Park. Another man, Bill Hogan, celebrated his 100th birthday with a first pitch in the ballpark that's also celebrating its centennial this month.

Pesky, who managed and played for the Sox, is 92. The Sox presented him with Fenway Park-related gifts.

Hogan, a native Bostonian who was born on April 14, 1912, so much wanted to throw a good ceremonial pitch, he threw two. Mark Melancon caught them.

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"I thought the second would be better," Hogan said. "But I'm delighted to have this night to thank me for the good Lord for leaving me here and to my great family and to the wonderful people that have renovated and fixed up this park."

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