Generations of Red Sox players — from Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski to Tim Wakefield and Kevin Youkilis — have played a leading role in the Red Sox/Jimmy Fund allegiance since 1953.
They have appeared in public service announcements to promote the mission of the Jimmy Fund, signed autographs for fans at various fundraisers, and have frequently made the one-mile trek from Fenway to the Jimmy Fund Clinic to bring smiles to the faces of sick children.
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Not only is Ted Williams considered the greatest hitter who ever lived, he is also credited with being one of the most influential advocates for the Jimmy Fund throughout his extraordinary career with the Red Sox. Learn more about Ted on our special tribute page, where you can give online to the Ted Williams Fund, purchase a unique portrait of Ted, or share your memories of the "Splendid Splinter."
Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski followed in Ted Williams' footsteps in more than one way after the Splendid Splinter retired in 1961.
Dick Radatz, the Boston Red Sox relief ace whose powerful physique and fastball earned him the nickname ‘The Monster' during and after his 1960s heyday, was in fact a gentle giant whose generosity extended to many friends and charities — including the Jimmy Fund.
Mike Andrews stepped down at the end of 2009 after more than 30 years as Chairman of Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund. He called his career with the Jimmy Fund, "the most rewarding part of (his) professional life."
Tim Wakefield, the longest-tenured member of the Red Sox, has made regular visits to Dana-Farber patients through the years and helped out with various fundraising events. He and Clay Buchholz are the Jimmy Fund Co-captains for both 2010 and 2011. They are the 2011 Spokesplayers for the Rally Against CancerSM.
Clay Buchholz has quietly built a relationship with the Jimmy Fund during his tenure in Boston, taking part in New Stars for Young Stars and as the 2010 Rally Against CancerSM Spokesplayer. In 2010, he was named Jimmy Fund Co-captain with Tim Wakefield. He signed on for the same role in 2011. He and Tim are the 2011 Spokesplayers for the Rally Against CancerSM.
Red Sox first baseman and 2007 Rally Against CancerSM Honorary Spokesman Kevin Youkilis has become a familiar face at Dana-Farber, visiting patients in the Jimmy Fund Clinic along with his teammates.
Red Sox pitcher Jonathan Papelbon has won the hearts of Jimmy Fund Clinic patients by bowling to strike out cancer at New Stars for Young Stars.
Dustin Pedroia has been an MVP for both the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund. As the 2008 Rally Against Cancer spokesperson, he visited Essex Elementary School and John Hancock Long Term Care to congratulate the two teams that raised the most money for the Rally.
Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino, a cancer survivor treated at Dana-Farber in the mid-1980s, has a unique understanding of the special relationship between the team and the Jimmy Fund.
As a relief pitcher for the Sox, Bob Stanley, a.k.a. "the Steamer," gave infinite amounts of his time to the Jimmy Fund with his regular visits to see the children in the Jimmy Fund Clinic.
The former Red Sox pitcher was a patient favorite at the Jimmy Fund Clinic during his years with the Sox.
The former Red Sox first baseman was a frequent visitor to the Jimmy Fund and formed a particularly close bond with an eleven-year-old patient, Jason Leader.
During the late 1990s, John Valentin was a familiar face at the Jimmy Fund Clinic and at several events for the Jimmy Fund.
Former first baseman Brian Daubach was a special friend to the Jimmy Fund during his years with the team.