Former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield has received a diagnosis of brain cancer, as confirmed by his former teammate Curt Schilling. The announcement was made on Schilling’s podcast, “The Curt Schilling Baseball Show,” where he described it as “a very serious, very aggressive form of brain cancer,” as reported by the Daily Mail.
Wakefield, now 57 years old, had an illustrious career with the Boston Red Sox from 1995 to 2011, contributing significantly to the team’s victories in two World Series championships in 2004 and 2007.
He was renowned for his mastery of the knuckleball pitch and had an impressive baseball record. In 1995, he secured third place in the American League Cy Young Award voting, boasting a record of 16 wins and 8 losses with an ERA of 2.95. His sole All-Star appearance came in 2009.
Interestingly, Wakefield began his baseball journey as a first baseman when drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1988. However, he started experimenting with the knuckleball pitch while in the minor leagues and eventually transitioned to a pitcher in 1990.
His Major League Baseball (MLB) debut occurred with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992. But before the 1995 season, the Pirates released him, leading to his historic journey with the Red Sox.
Wakefield’s career spanned an impressive 19 MLB seasons, during which he achieved 200 career wins. Out of those, 186 wins were secured while playing for the Red Sox, ranking him third in all-time wins for the franchise behind Cy Young and Roger Clemens, who had 192 wins each.
Notably, Wakefield played a memorable role in the 2004 American League Championship Series, particularly in Game 3, where he pitched multiple innings, even though the Red Sox ultimately lost to the Yankees with a score of 19-8.