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Tim Wakefield, Red Sox World Series Champion Pitcher, Dead at 57

Tim Wakefield, a retired knuckleballing pitcher who in 2004 helped the Boston Red Sox make it to the World Series and cinch their first title in 86 years, died Oct. 1 of brain cancer, the MLB reported.

"The Boston Red Sox mourn the loss of Red Sox Hall of Famer Tim Wakefield, who passed away this morning at the age of 57," the team said in a statement posted on their website. "The honorary chairman of the Red Sox Foundation, Wakefield spent 29 years in the organization as a player, special assistant, and broadcaster."

Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry added, "Tim's kindness and indomitable spirit were as legendary as his knuckleball. 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."

Wakefield is survived by his wife Stacy, son Trevor and daughter Brianna.

Boston-based ABC TV affiliate WCVB reported that Wakefield was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this month and underwent surgery for it days later.

His former Red Sox teammate Curt Schilling was the first to publicly disclosed the late player's illness. On the Sept. 26 episode of his podcast, The Curt Schilling Baseball Show, the former pitcher said, "This is not a message that Tim has asked anyone to share, and I don't even know if he wants it shared, but as a Christian, and as a man of faith, I have seen prayer work, so I am going to talk about it."

Schilling also alleged that Wakefield's wife was battling pancreatic cancer," adding, "and my wife has talked with her and they're communicating and they're going through an incredibly difficult time with Stacy, and I wanted them to know that we're obviously all thinking about them and praying for her."

Two days later, the Red Sox said in a statement, "We are aware of the statements and inquiries about the health of Tim and Stacy Wakefield. Unfortunately, this information has been shared publicly without their permission. Their health is a deeply personal matter they intended to keep private as they navigate treatment and work to tackle this disease. Tim and Stacy are appreciative of the support and love that has always been extended to them and respectfully ask for privacy at this time."

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