Red Sox Broadcaster and Former Player Jerry Remy Dies at 68

By Clarissa Calderon

Jerry Remy, Red Sox broadcaster and former player, died of cancer on Saturday night. This was the seventh time he was diagnosed in his 13-year battle with cancer. As a cigarette smoker in his early years, he developed lung cancer. He recently decided to step away from his color analyst role on Aug. 4 for treatment.

Remy was traded to the Red Sox in December of 1977. He became a Red Sox icon, but was forced to retire in 1986 because of a knee injury that restricted his play. He was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2006.

In 1988, Remy was hired as a color analyst for NESN and would become a legendary broadcaster. He was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2017.

He made an appearance at Fenway Park on the Oct. 5 American League Wild Card game against the Yankees. He threw the ceremonial first pitch to former teammate and colleague, Dennis Eckersley. Remy was wearing a nasal cannula to provide oxygen.

“I think we all knew that that was kind of a goodbye at the time, but it’s so moving to look back at that,” Eckersley said.

The Red Sox released a statement expressing their appreciation for Remy. Members of the baseball and broadcast community joined the conversation on Twitter, sharing stories and photos of Remy.

“Red Sox nation has lost a beloved icon,” former teammate Eckersley tweeted. “I lost a longtime friend, teammate and broadcast partner. He will be remembered for his passion for the Red Sox. I will miss him most for his infectious laugh. Fenway Park will never be the same.”