Longtime Fenway Park Groundskeeper Joe Mooney died at age 90 this past Sunday, Nov. 29.
A member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, he was hired by Tom Yawkey in 1970 and held the role for decades before retiring at age 80.
David Mellor, the team’s current Senior Director of Grounds, paid tribute to Mooney on Saturday.
“Words can’t describe how much I value and appreciate our friendship,” Mellor wrote on Instagram. “I will always remember his generous heart and the many laughs we shared.”
Mellor praised Mooney for being a “truly amazing person” whom he’s had the honor to follow professionally.
“I will miss you and always love you Joe,” Mellor wrote. “Heart felt Thank you for all of your love and support.”
From David Mellor of the #RedSox – HOF Groundskeeper Joe Mooney has passed away. The highest compliment I can give Joe is that he truly was a baseball character – in every sense of those words. RIP Joe @wbz pic.twitter.com/b7ZQ7hu3aT
— Dan Roche (@RochieWBZ) December 6, 2020
Another loss in the Red Sox family. Legendary groundskeeper Joe Mooney, who treated the greensward of Fenway like his personal fiefdom, has died. RIP https://t.co/gLgQOdKrye
— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) December 6, 2020
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