Longtime Boston Red Sox broadcaster and former player Jerry Remy dies of cancer.

Remy had stepped away from his role as the color analyst for New England Sports Network's Red Sox broadcasts on Aug. 4 to undergo treatment for lung cancer. This was the seventh time the Massachusetts native had been diagnosed with cancer following the initial diagnosis in 2008. His most recent previous cancer diagnosis was in 2018. On June 11, Remy said he experienced shortness of breath during the third inning of a game between the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. He stepped away from the broadcast as a precaution and was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital. He was released from MGH on June 16 and returned to the broadcast booth on June 20.

Remy was born in Fall River on Nov. 8, 1952, and grew up in the nearby town of Somerset. He was a graduate of Somerset High School and attended Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.

The speedy second baseman nicknamed "Rem Dawg" was selected by the Washington Senators in the 19th round of the 1970 MLB draft but did not sign with the team. He did sign with the California Angels, who selected him with the 129th overall pick (eighth round) in the secondary phase of the free agent draft in January 1971.

Remy played the first three seasons of his major league career with the Angels, making his debut in April 1975. He became the second team captain in the franchise's history in June 1977 but was traded to the Red Sox just six months later.

In his first season with Boston in 1978, Remy was selected to the MLB All-Star Game, had a team-high 19-game hit streak and finished the year with 30 stolen bases. He continued to be the Sox's starting second baseman for the next six seasons.

On June 14, 1980, Remy stole four bases against the Angels — his former team — to set a Red Sox single-game record, which stood for over 30 years.

He had a career-high 19 bunt hits in 1982 and finished with a career-high 178 hits the next season.

Remy retired from the major leagues during spring training in 1986 after missing the entire 1985 season due to a knee injury that limited him to just 30 games the year before.

He played in 710 games across his seven seasons with the Red Sox, batting .286 with 98 stolen bases.

Remy was hired by NESN in 1988 and called thousands of Red Sox games as a color analyst over the last several decades.

In recognition of his career as a player and broadcaster, Remy was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2006. He was among the franchise's all-time leaders at second base in fielding percentage (.982), games played (685), putouts (1,370), assists (1,988) and double plays (466) at the time of his Hall of Fame induction.

A year after getting into the Red Sox Hall of Fame, Remy was elected as the honorary president of Red Sox Nation.

In 2017, he was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Remy is survived by his wife, Phoebe, and their three children: Jared, Jordan and Jenna.


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