Longtime Red Sox player and broadcaster Jerry Remy passed away of cancer on Saturday night, the team announced on Sunday. He was 68 years old.
A native of Somerset, Mass., Remy attended Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and was selected by the California Angels in the eighth round of the 1971 MLB January Draft. He made his major-league debut for the Angels in 1975.
After spending the first three seasons of his big-league career with the Halos, Remy was traded to the Red Sox in December 1977 for right-hander Don Aase and cash considerations.
The following year, the scrappy 5-foot-9, 165 pound second baseman was named to his first career All-Star team in the process of slashing .278/.321/.350 with 24 doubles, six triples, two home runs, 44 RBI, 87 runs scored, 30 stolen bases, 40 walks, and 55 strikeouts over 148 games (643 plate appearances) in his debut campaign with the Sox.
Remy, or “Rem Dawg” as he was fondly known as, went on to play six additional seasons for Boston before calling it a career in 1985 on account of knee issues.
All told, the speedy left-handed hitter had batted .275/.327/.328 to go along with 140 doubles, 38 triples, seven homers, 329 RBI, 605 runs scored, and 208 stolen bases across 10 seasons and 1,154 games between the Angels and Red Sox from 1975-1984.
As his playing days came to a close, Remy first coached Boston’s Double-A affiliate — the New Britain Red Sox — in 1986 before transitioning to the broadcast booth beginning in 1988.
From that point forward, Remy served as the New England Sports Network’s (NESN’s) primary Red Sox color analyst for more than 33 seasons.
In 2008, Remy was first diagnosed with lung cancer and missed a good chunk of the 2009 season because of it. He later suffered relapses in his treatment in 2013, 2017, and 2018, causing him to step away from the broadcast booth once more.
This past August, Remy announced that he would be taking another leave of absence from broadcasting to undergo lung cancer treatment. He returned to Fenway Park on October 5, throwing out a ceremonial first pitch to Dennis Eckersley before the American League Wild Card Game.
That would turn out to be Remy’s last public appearance, as he passed away after his long fight with cancer this weekend.
In addition to what he accomplished on the field, Remy was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2006, elected the honorary president of Red Sox Nation in 2007, and was elected to the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007.
Through a series of statements released by the team, Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy described Remy as “a great man, player, and friend whose absence will be felt deeply by all of us,” while manager Alex Cora added that “he was a source of inspiration for so many of our players.”
In short, it goes without saying that Mr. Remy will be missed dearly. Rest in peace to a legend.
(Picture of Jerry Remy: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)