Mike Andrews baseball card, circa 1970.
Former Red Sox second baseman Mike Andrews — chairman of the Jimmy Fund for more than 25 years — has been deeply involved with the Jimmy Fund for decades.
Andrews' commitment began during his rookie season with the Sox in 1967 when he spent a few minutes with a patient before a game at the request of Bill Koster, then chairman of the Jimmy Fund for nearly 30 years. Afterwards Koster thanked Andrews. "Mike, that meant a lot," he said. "There isn't much we can do for that boy. We're sending him home." Andrews was reminded that there were much more important things in life than worrying about a hitless day at the plate.
Andrews at the 2005 Pan-Mass Challenge.
After retiring from baseball in 1973, Andrews agreed to work as a part-time volunteer for former Red Sox announcer Ken Coleman, who had just been appointed executive director of the Jimmy Fund. After a month, Andrews dedicated himself to the charity full-time and was appointed chairman of the Jimmy Fund in 1979 - a position he still holds today.
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