The baseball world lost an absolute legend over the weekend, and fans, former players and coaches are all feeling it.
According to Breitbart, Tim Wakefield, a master at hurling precision knuckleball who helped the Boston Red Sox overcome an 86-year drought of World Series appearances, has died.
The legendary pitcher was only 57.
Reports indicated that he battled brain cancer. The shocking revelation was brought to light by former teammate Curt Schilling in a recent podcast.
Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry released a touching statement on their former star player, praising him for his performance on and off the field.
"Tim’s kindness and indomitable spirit were as legendary as his knuckleball," Henry said. "He not only captivated us on the field but was the rare athlete whose legacy extended beyond the record books to the countless lives he touched with his warmth and genuine spirit."
"He had a remarkable ability to uplift, inspire, and connect with others in a way that showed us the true definition of greatness. He embodied the very best of what it means to be a member of the Boston Red Sox, and his loss is felt deeply by all of us."
— Around the Horn (@AroundtheHorn) October 2, 2023
Wakefield spent 17 of his 19 MLB seasons in Boston, a record number of years for a Red Sox pitcher. Initially, the Pirates drafted him into the majors with the idea that he would be an infielder. However, Wakefield used a sting in the minor leagues to focus on developing the signature knuckleball that would propel him to MLB stardom and 186 career victories.
A number of reports pointed out his numerous records set in the pitching game, and was involved in some of the most memorable moments in modern baseball history.
Given his impact on the game, he was remembered by many, including MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Tim Wakefield, one of the most unique pitchers of his generation and a key part of the most successful era in the history of the Boston Red Sox," Manfred said.
This is the moment we all knew Tim Wakefield was an extraordinary man♥️
Look at the smile on Robbie♥️
This was 2008 in Chicago for our @TheJimmyFund Clinic teen event https://t.co/ltFJgnTdtY pic.twitter.com/NmhIt9v2hY
— Lisa @ Jimmy Fund Clinic (@JFCactivities) October 2, 2023
Clearly, Wakefield left an indelible mark on not only the game, but his friends, family, and fans around the world.