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Red Sox to honor Wakefield on May 15

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 27, 2012 06:07 PM

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This release from the Red Sox:

The Red Sox will honor Tim Wakefield May 15 with "Thanks, Wake Day." The club plays the Seattle Mariners at 4:05 p.m. A pre-game ceremony tribute is expected to begin at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Wakefield, who won more games at Fenway Park than any pitcher in history, had a 19-year career, the last 17 with the Red Sox. He announced his retirement Feb. 17.

The Red Sox reached postseason play nine times and twice won the World Series with Wakefield on the roster.

A champion of charitable efforts in New England and his hometown of Melbourne, Fla., Wakefield was honored as the 2010 recipient of Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award. In 2011, the Boston chapter of the BBWAA announced the start of an annual Tim Wakefield Community Service Award in his honor.

Wakefield has been actively involved with “Pitching In For Kids,” a non-profit organization dedicated to providing grants to improve the lives of children across New England. He supports Melbourne’s Space Coast Early Intervention Center, a unique non-profit therapeutic preschool program for children with special needs. He adopted the Center in 1992 when it was struggling financially and faced closure and has helped to raise over $10 million for the organization through his annual Tim Wakefield Celebrity Golf Classic and Memorabilia Auction. Over the last 13 years, his “Wakefield Warriors” program has enabled patients from the Franciscan Hospital for Children and the Jimmy Fund in Boston to visit with him and watch batting practice before all Tuesday home games at Fenway Park. He has also been an active participant of the Red Sox’ annual Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon and served as the organization’s Co-Captain in 2010 and 2011.

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