UPDATE (Oct 26, 2013): NOTE. This article is from 2012. If you’re looking for why the Red Sox are wearing the black armband during the 2013 World Series against the Cardinals, click here for the explanation.
Johnny Pesky, World War II vet and former Boston Red Sox infielder, manager, and colour commentator died on Monday at the age of 93.
Pesky had been associated with the Red Sox organization in one way or another for an incredible 61 years, his number 6 was retired by the organization and the right field foul pole at Boston’s Fenway Park is named “Pesky’s Pole” in his honour.
To commemorate the impact Pesky had on the Boston Red Sox the team has announced they will wear a patch on their home and home alternate jerseys for the remainder of the 2012 season.
The patch will be a two-inch black circle with Pesky’s #6 in white. A simple memorial armband will be worn on their road uniforms, presumably because the road uniform already contains patches on both arms.