Jerry Remy, a much-loved Red Sox broadcaster since 1988 and a 10-year veteran of the Major League, died of cancer Saturday night at the age of 68, according to multiple reports.
Remy, who retired from Red Sox on Aug. 4 to undergo treatment for lung cancer, had been diagnosed with cancer seven times since 2008, most recently in 2018.
The former second baseman, who was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2006, last appeared in public on October 5, pitching the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park for Boston’s AL wildcard game against the Yankees.
Jerry Remy throws out the first pitch for the Red Sox-Yankees wildcard game on October 5, 2021. Getty Images
“Rest in peace, Jerry Remy,” tweeted former Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks. “What a special person you were not only to me, but also to Jenny. I can remember nights on the road when I struggled at the board and RemDog would come to my hotel room for a glass of wine and to talk. One out of thousands. We will miss you.”
Born in Somerset, Massachusetts, Remy signed with the California Angels after being drafted in 1971. He played three seasons with the Angels, 1975-77, before being traded to his hometown Red Sox.
Remy, who played for Boston for seven years, never made it to the postseason and came closest in 1978, when he was on base in the AL East tiebreaker when Carl Yastrzemski made the last out against the Yankees. Remy earned All-Star honors during that ’78 season.
Jerry Remy played for the Red Sox in 1982.Getty Images
After playing, Remy joined the New England Sports Network in 1988 and worked regularly with color commentary until he retired this year. He also wrote three books on baseball and a series of children’s books.
In 2009, Remy took a leave of absence due to fatigue and depression after his initial cancer diagnosis in 2008. In 2010, he returned to the booth full-time, but stepped away a number of times over the following decade due to health and personal issues.
He leaves behind his wife, Phoebe, and three children: Jared, Jordan and Jenna. Jared is currently serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to the August 2013 murder of his daughter’s mother, Jennifer Martel. Jerry Remy spoke about his son’s crime in his 2019 book, “If These Walls Could Talk.” .”
“Obviously I couldn’t write a book without hanging out with my son, and I’ve tried to do that as best I can without going too deep because if you go too deep it sounds like you’re making excuses,” Remy told the Bostonbol anno 2019.