Just days ago, we learned that legendary Boston Red Sox knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield had been diagnosed with brain cancer.
Former Red Sox teammate Curt Schilling drew controversy when he made the announcement on his podcast, The Curt Schilling Baseball Show, without permission from Wakefield’s family.
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
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.
He’s survived by his wife Stacy, as well as their two children, Trevor and Brianna.