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Generations of Red Sox players - from Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski to Tim Wakefield and David Ortiz - 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 and adults.

Learn more about these Jimmy Fund heroes:

Ted Williams

Not only is Ted Williams (the "Splendid Splinter") 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.
Johnny Pesky
Johnny Pesky was one of the first Red Sox players to embrace the Jimmy Fund as an official team charity in the 1950s, visiting young patients in the Clinic along with his teammate and close friend Ted Williams. He kept up his involvement through the decades, attending numerous fundraising events to benefit Dana-Farber both in and out of baseball season.

Carl Yastrzemski

Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski followed in Ted Williams' footsteps in more than one way after the Splendid Splinter retired in 1961. It was Yaz who suggested one of the most memorable gestures by the team. In an unrivaled show of support for the Jimmy Fund, the 1967 Impossible Dream Team voted to give a full share of its winnings from the World Series to "Jimmy."
Dick Radatz
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

Mike Andrews' connection to the cause began during his rookie year on the Red Sox' 1967 "Impossible Dream Team," when he met the first of many young Dana-Farber patients he would come to know over the years. Andrews stepped down at the end of 2009 after 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."
Bob Stanley
As a relief pitcher for the Sox, Bob Stanley, aka "The Steamer," gave infinite amounts of his time to the Jimmy Fund with his regular visits to see patients in the Jimmy Fund Clinic.

Roger Clemens

The former Red Sox pitcher was a patient favorite at the Jimmy Fund Clinic during his years with the Sox.
Brian Daubach
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.

Mo Vaughn

The former Red Sox first baseman was a frequent visitor to the Jimmy Fund Clinic and formed a particularly close bond with an 11-year-old patient, Jason Leader.
Tim Wakefield
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. Wakefield is a former Jimmy Fund Co-Captain, a former Spokesplayer for Rally Against Cancer, and earned the Roberto Clemente Award from Major League Baseball.

Larry Lucchino

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. Lucchino co-chaired the Mission Possible campaign and is a Dana-Farber Trustee.
David Ortiz
A clutch-hitting hero who has led the Red Sox to three World Series championships with his booming bat, David Ortiz has also made a big impact on Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund.

Kevin Youkilis

Red Sox first baseman and 2007 Rally Against Cancer Honorary Spokesman Kevin Youkilis became a familiar face at Dana-Farber, visiting patients in the Jimmy Fund Clinic along with his teammates.
Jonathan Papelbon
Red Sox pitcher Jonathan Papelbon won the hearts of Jimmy Fund Clinic patients by bowling to strike out cancer at New Stars for Young Stars.

Jon Lester

By the time Jon Lester starred on another World Series-winning Red Sox team in 2013, he was more than seven years removed from his cancer diagnosis. Still, he will never forget what it took to get him back in the game, and the people who helped him get there.
Dustin Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia has been an MVP for both the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund. As the 2008 Rally Against Cancer Spokesplayer, he visited Essex Elementary School and John Hancock Long Term Care to congratulate the two teams that raised the most money.

Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz has 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 for the Jimmy Fund Spokesplayer. In 2010, he was named Jimmy Fund Co-Captain with Tim Wakefield. He signed on for the same role in 2011.
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