Retired Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield has passed away at the age of 57

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Retired Red Sox Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield Dies at 57
Retired Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield has passed away at the age of 57.
The Red Sox announced his death in a statement on Sunday.
Wakefield had been battling brain cancer, a fact revealed by his ex-teammate Curt Schilling on a podcast.
Wakefield's impact on the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry in the early 2000s made him a fan favorite.
He played a crucial role in the Red Sox's curse-breaking World Series win in 2004.
Wakefield was known for his mastery of the knuckleball pitch, which helped him win 200 major league games, including 186 with the Red Sox.
He is third in franchise history for most wins.
Wakefield's memorable moments include giving up a walkoff home run to Aaron Boone in the 2003 playoffs, but then bouncing back to help the Red Sox win the World Series the following year.
He was also an eight-time nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for his sportsmanship and community involvement.
Former teammate Kevin Youkilis described Wakefield as a great competitor and a great friend.
Wakefield's impact extended beyond the field, as he was known for his kindness and indomitable spirit.
Red Sox owner John Henry said that Wakefield's legacy went beyond the record books and touched countless lives.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred praised Wakefield's dedication to serving the communities of New England.
Tim Wakefield's passing is deeply felt by all who knew him.
He will be remembered as a versatile and reliable pitcher, a two-time World Series champion, and a true member of the Boston Red Sox family.
Rest in peace, Tim Wakefield.