Remy was battling cancer for the 7th time
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Jerry Remy, former Boston Red Sox second baseman and later color commentator for NESN, has died after losing his 7th battle with cancer. He was 68.
The news was announced by Boston’s local ABC affiliate, WCVB.
Though Remy started his MLB career with the California Angels, he eventually went on to become Boston’s starting second baseman for six seasons, until he was released by the Red Sox in 1985. Remy retired during spring training in 1986, and later began calling Red Sox games on NESN.
Remy also wrote three books about baseball and several children’s books about Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster, which stemmed from Remy’s storytelling while broadcasting Boston’s games. He was a beloved figure among Boston fans.
Remy had been very open about his health struggles through the years, which doctors attributed mostly to smoking cigarettes. In turn, he used his platform to encourage fans not to smoke.
Fans immediately began mourning his passing on Twitter, posting memories of him at games or events surrounding the Red Sox.
“Rest in the sweetest peace @Jerry_Remy,” one person tweeted along with several heart emojis. “3 years ago today I took this photo of you at one of the many Red Sox parades you were a part of. This is a heartbreaking day for Red Sox nation. No matter what went on in your life you walked this city with strength & a smile.”
As one Red Sox blogger put it, “His voice was like comfort food for all of us in Red Sox Nation, in good times and bad. He & Don Orsillo could make even the most unwatchable of games effortlessly entertaining. Godspeed, sir, and thanks for all the smiles.”
You can check out more emotional tributes to Jerry Remy below.
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