Golfers react to death of former Boston Red Sox knuckleballer, golf lover Tim Wakefield

Beloved knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield died on Sunday at age 57 from brain cancer, the Boston Red Sox announced.

A two-time World Series champion, Wakefield spent 17 years of his MLB career at Boston and retired in 2012. His 186 wins in Boston ranks third on the all-time Red Sox list behind Roger Clemens and Cy Young, who both had 192.

Known for his generous spirit, Wakefield was given the Roberto Clemente Award in 2010.

In retirement, Wakefield, who carried a single-digit handicap, was a regular at celebrity and charity golf outings. Many in the entertainment industry took to social media to express their sadness.

He is survived by his wife Stacy, and their children, Trevor and Brianna.

Former Boston Red Sox left pitcher Tim Wakefield is introduced during a ceremony for the retirement of the jersey number of David Ortiz before a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 23, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

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