The Red Sox will break their traditional requirements for a player's number to be retired: that he is in the Hall of Fame, that he ended his career with the club, and that he played at least 10 seasons for the Red Sox. Pesky is not in the Hall of Fame.
I'm very happy Pesky will be honored, and have always thought the Sox' retired number policy was stupid. The Yankees have done a better job with their retired numbers, honoring non-Hall of Famers like Thurman, Munson, Don Mattingly, Elston Howard, and Ron Guidry.
Hopefully the Pesky ceremony signals a loosening of the Sox' retired number policy. Here are some other players that should be honored:
Pedro Martinez (when he retires).