For all of us who played little league baseball in the 2000s, I think I can speak for everybody that we tried to throw a knuckleball like legendary Boston Red Sox knuckleball pitcher, Tim Wakefield.
Wakefield was a huge inspiration to a ton of little leaguers across the country, and I don’t know a single kid who picked up a baseball back then that didn’t try to throw the ol’ Wakefield knuckleball.
With that being said, it hurts to announce that Wakefield has been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of brain cancer.
According to the Daily Mail,former Red Sox teammate Curt Schilling made the announcement on his podcast, The Curt Schilling Baseball Show:
Curt Schilling revealed yesterday on his podcast that Tim Wakefield has been diagnosed with brain cancer, we send our thoughts and prayers to Wake and his family, we’re certain that he will beat it. pic.twitter.com/Ue92PghMAB
Of course, we don’t know any more information than this, but our thoughts and prayers go to Wakefield and his family during this trying time.
Wakefield, a Melbourne, Florida native, started his MLB career with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a first baseman back in 1988, but began throwing knuckleballs in the minors and ultimately transitioned to pitcher in 1990.
The 57-year-old pitched for the Red Sox from 1995 to 2011, playing a huge role in their World Series wins in 2004 and 2007. He made his lone All-Star appearance in 2009.
Wakefield won 200 games, and 186 with the Red Sox, putting him third all time in Boston history in wins behind Cy Young and Roger Clemens.