Red Sox mourn the passing of Jerry Remy

Red Sox Hall of Famer spent more than 40 years with organization as player, coach, and broadcaster

October 31st, 2021

BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox mourn the loss of Red Sox Hall of Famer Jerry Remy, who passed away last night at the age of 68 after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer. The honorary President of Red Sox Nation, Remy logged more than 40 years of service to the organization as a player, coach, and broadcaster.

“We are saddened by the loss of a beloved player, broadcaster, and 13-year cancer warrior,” said Principal Owner John Henry. “Jerry’s love and connection to baseball didn’t allow anything to stand between the game and him, including for many years cancer. He devoted his entire career to baseball and whether from his seat in the clubhouse or his perch above the field in the broadcast booth, he took generations of rising Red Sox stars and a multitude of fans along for the ride with him. During his lifetime, he witnessed great triumphs and terrible tragedies handling all of it with grace, dignity, and a huge heart. He left an indelible mark on this club and on an entire nation of Red Sox fans.”

“On behalf of the entire Red Sox family, we send our deepest condolences to Jerry’s wife Phoebe, their three children, and the entire extended Remy family,” said Chairman Tom Werner. “Jerry’s effortless style made him the finest baseball broadcaster of the past few decades. When you listened to him, it was as if you were having a beer with your best friend, and his insight, humor, and charm lifted your spirits. I often texted him between innings to get his perspective on the game, and we enjoyed a relationship I will forever treasure. He was a valued colleague and friend, and we will miss his presence in our clubhouse and our broadcast booth.” 

“Jerry Remy was at the core of what I loved about the Red Sox,” said President & CEO Sam Kennedy. “Growing up, I watched him play as a scrappy second baseman, and later listened and laughed with him as an iconic broadcaster. For the past two decades, I had the immense privilege of working alongside him and seeing firsthand the artful way he connected generations of players and fans with his insight, and often, his humor. As a Massachusetts native, he appreciated what the Red Sox meant to this region, and throughout his career we saw that appreciation and love for the game and this team in the way he showed up each day; always the first in the clubhouse or in the lobby to board the team bus. We have lost a great man, player, and friend whose absence will be felt deeply by all of us.”

Gerald Peter Remy was born on November 8, 1952 in Fall River, MA, and grew up in Somerset, MA. After graduating from Somerset High School, he attended Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. “Rem Dawg” was selected by the Washington Senators in the 19th round of the 1970 MLB Draft out of high school and by the California Angels in the eighth round of the 1971 MLB January Draft out of college. The former infielder played 10 major league seasons for the California Angels (1975-77) and Red Sox (1978-84), earning an American League All-Star Game selection in 1978. In 1,154 games, he batted .275 and stole 208 bases.

Remy was named to the Red Sox All-Fenway Team as part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Fenway Park in 2012, recognizing him as one of the 40 greatest Red Sox players in Fenway Park history to appear in their positions of play. In 1981, he was named BoSox Club Man of the Year, receiving the annual award selected for contributions to the success of the Red Sox and for cooperation and efforts in community endeavors. The following year, he was voted by fans to the Red Sox All-Time Second Team.

Following his playing career, Remy served as bench coach for the New Britain Red Sox in 1986, the major league club’s Double-A affiliate. While with New Britain, Remy coached future major league players and coaches, including Ellis Burks, Sam Horn, and DeMarlo Hale. Remy then began his broadcasting career with NESN in 1988 as a color analyst, a role he held for more than 33 years through the 2021 season.

Remy was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2006 for his playing and broadcasting accomplishments. Through online voting in September of 2007, he was elected President of Red Sox Nation. He received the Massachusetts Sportscaster of the Year award in 2004 and was elected to the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2017. In January 2020, he received the Judge Emil Fuchs Memorial Award from the Boston Baseball Writers Association for his long and meritorious service to baseball.

The Massachusetts native was the author of three books about the Red Sox and baseball: Watching Baseball: Discovering the Game within the Game; Jerry Remy’s Red Sox Heroes: The RemDawg’s All-Time Favorite Red Sox, Great Moments, and Top Teams; and If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Red Sox Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box. Remy was also the author of five children’s books about the Red Sox’ mascot, Wally the Green Monster.

Remy is survived by his wife, Phoebe; sons, Jared and Jordan; daughter, Jenna, and her husband, Leif von der Heyde; and two grandchildren, Dominik Guyette and Arianna Remy.