Red Sox Brian Daubach Special Friend to the Jimmy Fund
As a slugging first baseman with a guy-next-door demeanor, Brian Daubach was a favorite of Red Sox fans during his years with the team. He was also a friend to the Jimmy Fund.
In addition to making frequent visits with teammates to visit young cancer patients in the Jimmy Fund Clinic, Daubach appeared at Jimmy Fund events, including the Scooper Bowl® and Ted Williams 406 Club celebration, and served as a spokesman for the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk. His big grin, scruffy beard, and easy-going manner made him a hit with patients of all ages.
One of these was Robin Lynn Cyrus, who had her photo taken with Daubach at Fenway during a Jimmy Fund event. Cyrus fought a three-year battle with colon cancer before passing away in October 2011; the next year, her husband Brian Kimball launched the Brian Daubach Home Run Challenge in her memory.
Kimball pledged $600 to the Jimmy Fund for every Daubach homer, and Big Brian pledged $500 of his own — a dual show of support that resulted in a $22,000 for the cause when Daubach cranked 20 balls out of the park that summer.