Jerry Remy, Boston Red Sox broadcaster, dies after prolonged battle with lung cancer

“We are saddened by the loss of a beloved player, television station and 13-year-old cancer fighter,” Red Sox chief owner John Henry said in a statement Sunday.

“Jerry’s love and connection to baseball allowed nothing to stand between the game and him, including for many years cancer,” Henry said. “He devoted his entire career to baseball, and whether he was from his seat in the clubhouse or from his seat across the court in the broadcast booth, he took generations of rising Red Sox stars and a host of fans on the trip.

“During his lifetime, he witnessed great triumphs and terrible tragedies that handled it all with grace, dignity and a big heart. He left an indelible mark on this club and on an entire nation of Red Sox fans.”

Red Sox manager Alex Cora added: “Like everyone else in the Red Sox Nation today, I am completely devastated by Jerry’s passing. We are connected because of our love of the game of baseball. I will miss all our conversations about the game and just spending time together over the years, whether in the clubhouse or in the tablecloth. “

Lovingly known as “Rem Dawg”, Remy spent more than 40 years with the Red Sox organization as a player, coach and broadcaster. He has been the team’s color analyst at the New England Sports Network (NESN) since 1988.

In August, he announced that he was leaving the radio station to undergo lung cancer treatment.

“As I have done before and will continue to do so,” Remy wrote in the August Twitter post via NESN, “I will fight this with everything I have. I am so grateful for the support from NESN, the Red Sox and all of you. I hope to return to you soon in your living rooms. ”

Two months later, natives from Somerset, Massachusetts, threw the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway before the Red Sox eliminated their arch-enemy New York Yankees 6-2 in the American League Wild Card playoffs.

“Jerry was so passionate about the Red Sox, and even though he had to step away for treatment late in the season, he was with us all the way – especially in October,” Cora said.

Remy missed parts of the 2008, 2013 and 2017 seasons due to an initial lung cancer diagnosis and then a few relapses, according to MLB.com. He would announce that he was cancer free in November 2018.

On the field, Remy played 10 years in the majors for the Angels (1975-77) and the Red Sox (1978-84). In 1,154 matches, he beat .275 and stole 208 bases. Remy played with seven Baseball Hall of Famers and 12 Red Sox Hall of Famers in his career.

The Major League Baseball Players Association sent their condolences in a statement.

“He made a personal connection with Boston fans and inspired many with his fight against cancer. The Players Association joins Jerry’s family, friends and fans in mourning his loss.”

In 2006, Remy was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame for his broadcasts and playing performances. In 2017, he was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

He was awarded the Judge Emil Fuchs Memorial Award for “Long and Meritorious Service to Baseball” by the Boston Baseball Writers Association in January 2020.

Remy leaves behind his wife, Phoebe; sons, Jared and Jordan; daughter, Jenna and her husband, Leif von der Heyde; and two grandchildren, Dominik Guyette and Arianna Remy.

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