Jim Corsi, a Newton native who played 10 seasons in Major League Baseball and three with the Boston Red Sox before enjoying an accomplished broadcasting career, has died of cancer. He was 60 years old.
Corsi’s diagnosis of stage 4 liver cancer and colon cancer was publicly revealed on Sunday through an emotional interview with WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton, which was recorded in November. Corsi said in the interview that he made a mistake by not getting a colonoscopy when he was younger.
“If you’re out there, don’t wait. Don’t be stupid,” a tearful Corsi pleads in the interview. “I was a professional athlete and thought I was invincible, strong. You’re not. Cancer is not prejudice to anybody.”
Corsi grew up in Newton, Mass. and graduated from Newton North High School before playing college ball at Florida’s St. Leo University. He was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2003.
In the major leagues, Corsi was close to becoming a Yankee. New York drafted him in 1982, but released him two years later. After a brief stint with the Red Sox, Corsi finally made it to the majors in 1988 as a member of the Oakland Athletics. He posted a 1.88 ERA in 22 relief appearances for the 1989 World Series champions.
Corsi officially became a hometown hero in 1997, when he joined the Red Sox. He logged a 3.35 ERA in 147.2 innings spanning three years in Boston. Corsi retired after the 1999 season.
After his playing career, Corsi served as a Red Sox studio analyst for NESN and WSBK-TV from 2002-05.
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