Many fans were stunned when legendary Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield passed away from brain cancer in the fall of 2023. Most didn't know "Wake" was sick until his former colleague, pitcher Curt Schilling, betrayed his secret to the world.

Timothy Stephen Wakefield was born in Melbourne, Florida, on August 2, 1966. He died October 6, 2023, at his home in Massachusetts. He was 57.

Wakefield married a Massachusetts gal, Stacy Stover, in 2002. The couple had two children.

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A knuckleball pitcher, Wakefield began his professional baseball career with the Pittsburgh Pirates before signing with the Boston Red Sox in 1995. He spent 17 years in Boston, helping the team win the 2004 World Series title, the first since 1918.

Wakefield retired from playing baseball in 2012 but didn't leave the game. Upon retiring, Wake joined the New England Sports Network (NESN) as an analyst through the 2023 baseball season.

Wakefield was added to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2016.

Throughout his baseball career and afterward, Wakefield worked tirelessly on behalf of charitable organizations.

Late Red Sox Great Tim Wakefield's Final Words To Fans Revealed
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It's no wonder that Wakefield, upon learning of his pending death, called on fans to "Never forget where you came from" and asked that they "Be a mentor to others."

Fox News reported that Stacy Wakefield found a message from her husband after his death and shared it with former Boston Bruins great Bobby Orr, who posted the message to his X account.

Wake's message concluded, "What matters most is: did you make a difference in someone else's life?"

The Red Sox nominated Wakefield for the Roberto Clemente Award eight times. The award goes to the player who "best reflects the spirit of giving back to the community." Wakefield was the recipient of the award in 2010.

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