Johnny Pesky Auction On Saturday Includes Red Sox, World War II Items

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1397152045_2004_RingLate Boston Red Sox great Johnny Pesky’s personal collection will be auctioned at noon Saturday at Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion. The collection includes over 200 items that represent Pesky’s career with the Red Sox and his time serving in the Navy during World War II.

Pesky’s 2004 and 2007 World Series and 1975 and 1986 American League Championship rings are part of the collection, but the items are not limited to memorabilia associated with Pesky. There also will be bats autographed by Ted Williams and a ball signed by Babe Ruth.

Hunt Auctions, which is presenting the event, also is offering the personal collection of 19th-century pitcher Charles “Kid” Nichols, who played for the Boston Beaneaters from 1890 to 1901 and had 10 consecutive seasons of 20 or more wins in his 16-year career.

There will be an auction preview, also at the State Street Pavilion, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Both events are free and open to the general public.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Jimmy Fund.

Aetna Strikeouts for A Cause

For every strikeout by a Red Sox pitcher at Fenway Park in June, Aetna will donate $250 to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Through June 25, the donation mark stands at $30,000.

Through their continued efforts in the local community, Aetna is helping to build a healthier world -- one city and one strikeout at a time.

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