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Longtime Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy dies of cancer

BOSTON (WPRI) – Longtime Red Sox announcer and player Jerry Remy has died of cancer.

Remy, 68, had worked as a color analyst for NESN since 1988 before leaving the booth in August this year to undergo treatment for lung cancer.

He was first diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and has since taken several leaves for treatment.

“We are saddened by the loss of a beloved player, broadcaster and 13 year old cancer warrior,” said principal owner John Henry in a statement released by the Red Sox.

“Jerry’s love and connection to baseball kept nothing between him and the game, including cancer for many years. He has devoted his entire career to baseball and whether from his seat at the clubhouse or from his perch above the field in the broadcast booth, he has taken generations of rising Red Sox stars and a host of fans with him.

The Fall River native was the Red Sox second baseman from 1978 to 1984 and is a member of the team’s Hall of Fame.

In 10 total seasons and 1,154 major league games, he hit .275 with 605 points, 1,226 hits, 140 doubles, 38 triples and seven homers with 208 stolen goals. He spent 34 years as a broadcaster for the team.

“On behalf of the entire Red Sox family, we extend our deepest condolences to Jerry’s wife, Phoebe, their three children and all of Remy’s extended family,” said President Tom Werner.

“Jerry’s effortless style has made him the best baseball broadcaster for decades. When you listened to it, it was like having a beer with your best friend, and his insight, humor, and charm lift your spirits.

His last public appearance was during this year’s American League Wild Card game against the Yankees on October 5.

Remy threw the ceremonial first pitch to former teammate and broadcast partner Dennis Eckersley at Fenway Park.


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