Red Sox Legendary Knuckleballer Passes Away At 57

With all of the sport's attention on the final day of the regular season and playoff spots to be determined, some tragic news from the world of baseball might have unfortunately gone under the radar on Sunday. 

One of the nice guys in the game, knuckleballer and 200-game winner Tim Wakefield passed away at the much too young age of 57.

The Boston Red Sox, the team with which he spent 17 of his 19 seasons in the major leagues—and won two World Series with—posted a heartfelt message for their legendary knuckleballer.

"Our hearts are broken with the loss of Tim Wakefield. "Wake embodied true goodness; a devoted husband, father, and teammate, beloved broadcaster, and the ultimate community leader. He gave so much to the game and all of Red Sox Nation.
Our deepest love and thoughts are with Stacy, Trevor, Brianna, and the Wakefield family."

Wakefield was felled by brain cancer, a condition that his family had kept private until his former teammate and all-around dubious character Curt Schilling spilled the news on a podcast last week—against the Wakefield family's wishes.

Wakefield pitched from 1992 to 2011, and mesmerized with his floating knuckler. He won 200 games, finished Top 3 in Cy Young balloting one time, and made an All-Star team in 2009.

He will be missed by the baseball world.

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