Former Red Sox pitcher Jim Corsi, a one-time resident of Hopkinton, died of cancer Tuesday morning at his home in Bellingham at the age of 60.
Corsi recently shared his story with WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton (also a former Hopkinton resident). In an emotional piece that aired Sunday night, Corsi lamented not getting a colonoscopy earlier in life. He eventually was diagnosed with liver and colon cancer.
“I should have done it,” Corsi said in the interview. “If you’re out there, don’t wait. Don’t be stupid. I was a professional athlete. I thought I was invincible, strong. You’re not. Cancer is not prejudice to anybody.”
Corsi told Burton he was not scared of his impending death.
“I know if I die I’m going to a better place, that’s the No. 1 thing,” he said. “I feel sorry for everybody I’ll leave behind.”
Corsi leaves four children, Julianne, Jenna, Mitch and Joey. Julianne was scheduled to get married in October 2022 but moved up her ceremony a year so her father could walk her down the aisle and take part in the celebration.
“It was the most important thing he could have done,” Julianne said in the WBZ piece. “It was just so meaningful and special. It was amazing.”
A native of Newton, Corsi pitched for five teams in a 10-year major league career. He broke in with the Oakland Athletics in 1988 and won a World Series with the A’s a year later. He joined the Red Sox in 1997 and played three seasons in Boston.
“We were saddened to hear of Jim’s passing after his courageous battle with cancer,” Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy said. “Jim’s heart was so big and full of love that his legacy goes far beyond his playing career and World Series championship. The affection he showed his family, this region, and every fan he encountered was incomparable.
“For me and so many others, he was the embodiment of that childhood dream to someday play for the hometown team. We were lucky to have had him as part of our Red Sox family, and extend our deepest condolences to his children, and all who knew and loved him. We lost a great one today.”
After his career ended, Corsi worked for a few years as a Red Sox TV analyst before joining his father and brothers in the construction business.
Corsi was the oldest of five children of Dorothy Corsi and the late Ben Corsi. In addition to his four children, he is survived by siblings Mike Corsi, John Corsi, Cynthia Athy and Natalie Doyle.
A wake will be held Sunday, Jan. 9, from 2-8 p.m. at Faith Community Church of Hopkinton. A funeral is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecilia’s Church in Ashland.