Legendary Boston Red Sox Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield Dies At 57

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You hate to hear this…

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.

The Red Sox released a statement at the time revealing that Schilling revealed Wakefield’s diagnosis without permission from Tim or his wife, Stacy:

“We are aware of the statements and inquiries about the health of Tim and Stacy Wakefield. Unfortunately, this information has been shared publicly without their permission.

Their health is a deeply personal matter they intended to keep private as they navigate treatment and work to tackle this disease.

Tim and Stacy are appreciative of the support and love that has always been extended to them and respectfully ask for privacy at this time.”

But today, the Red Sox issued a statement that Wakefield has unfortunately passed away from the disease at the age of 57.

“Our hearts are broken with the loss of Tim Wakefield.

Wake embodied true goodness; a devoted husband, father, and teammate, beloved broadcaster, and the ultimate community leader. He gave so much to the game and all of Red Sox Nation.

Our deepest love and thoughts are with Stacy, Trevor, Brianna, and the Wakefield family.”

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.

What a loss of a baseball legend.

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