Tim Wakefield has passed away at the age of 57 due to brain cancer. Wakefield made public his brain cancer diagnosis late last month.
Wakefield retired after the 2011 season at the age of 45 as the definitive knuckleball pitcher of his era.
"Tim's kindness and indomitable spirit were as legendary as his knuckleball," said Red Sox owner John Henry in a statement. "He not only captivated us on the field but was the rare athlete whose legacy extended beyond the record books to the countless lives he touched with his warmth and genuine spirit. He had a remarkable ability to uplift, inspire, and connect with others in a way that showed us the true definition of greatness. He embodied the very best of what it means to be a member of the Boston Red Sox and his loss is felt deeply by all of us."