Jerry Remy, a Boston Pink Sox second baseman who went on to develop into a neighborhood icon as a tv broadcaster, has died of most cancers. He was 68.
The Pink Sox confirmed that Remy died on Saturday evening. He had an extended and public wrestle with lung most cancers, and drew thunderous applause at Fenway Park earlier this month when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a playoff sport whereas utilizing an oxygen tube.
Remy was a former smoker who had a yearslong battle with lung most cancers, together with surgical procedure for the illness in November 2008. His wrestle with the sickness was well-known to baseball followers. Help from Pink Sox followers helped him as he underwent years of remedies for the illness, he instructed reporters in 2018.
“It is superb the affect that you’ve whenever you’ve been round 31 years. That you’ve got on folks,” he stated. “Pink Sox followers particularly, who welcome you into their dwelling for that lengthy. It is sort of a pleasant feeling. It is sort of a pleasant feeling that they care.”
Remy had spent 10 seasons within the majors — the primary three with the California Angels and the final seven with Boston — earlier than retiring after the Pink Sox launched him on Dec. 10, 1985. Remy hit .275 with seven homers and 329 RBIs in 1,154 video games.
However it was as a Pink Sox announcer, a job he started in 1988, that he captured the hearts of followers. Combining sharp evaluation and a humorousness that typically led to lengthy, on-air bouts of laughter involving him and former Boston play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo, Remy gained a legion of listeners.
Remy “left an indelible mark on this membership and on a complete nation of Pink Sox followers,” Pink Sox principal proprietor John Henry stated in a press release Sunday.
“He devoted his complete profession to baseball and whether or not from his seat within the clubhouse or his perch above the sector within the broadcast sales space, he took generations of rising Pink Sox stars and a mess of followers alongside for the trip with him,” the assertion stated.
Generally known as “RemDawg” by generations of New Englanders, Remy was elected by followers as first president of “Pink Sox Nation” late within the 2007 season. The membership had determined to capitalize on the passions of followers who have been identified by that identify by creating a proper fan membership.
Born in Fall River, Mass., and raised in close by Somerset, Remy returned to his native crew after three seasons with the Angels wherein he hit .258 whereas averaging 148 video games a yr. He was traded to the Pink Sox on Dec. 8, 1977 for pitcher Don Aase and money, grew to become a free agent on Nov. 13, 1981 and re-signed with Boston on Dec. 8, 1981.
Corridor of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, who performed with Remy in Boston, remembered his former teammate on Sunday as a “very, very onerous employee” and a very good pal.
“He made himself an excellent participant. He carried those self same work habits over to the printed sales space,” Yastrzemski stated in a press release.
Whittle reported from Portland, Maine. Freelancer Ken Powtak contributed to this report.