This year’s game is being played as a fundraiser to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center in memory of former Red Sox pitcher Jim Corsi, who died of cancer on January 4 of this year.
A native of Newton, Mass., Jim pitched 10 seasons in the major leagues, including three seasons with his hometown Boston Red Sox. In 2002, three years after his professional career ended, Jim became the first former Red Sox player to appear in the Oldtime Baseball Game, pitching two innings. He enjoyed the experience so much that he retuned in 2003 and pitched two more innings.
About a month before his death, Jim did an emotional interview with WBZ-TV sports anchor Steve Burton in which he spoke of the importance of colonoscopy screening. In the last weeks of his own life, then, Jim was trying to save the lives of others; in that spirit, the mission of the 2022 Oldtime Baseball Game is to carry on his work.
The Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center is among the first centers in the country dedicated to young patients with colorectal cancer and focuses exclusively on the care of colorectal cancer patients under the age of 50. Since 1994, cases of young-onset colorectal cancer have increased by 51 percent, and by the year 2030, colon cancer incidence is expected to double, and rectal cancer incidence is expected to quadruple in this age group according to the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Ng, Associate Chief of Gastrointestinal Oncology and Director of the Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and her team are leading innovative research to better understand the cause of this increasing incidence of colorectal cancer in young adults and develop new ways to prevent, detect, and treat it.
Jim Corsi’s family, working in concert with the Oldtime Baseball Game, chose the Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as the beneficiary of this year’s game. All proceeds from the game will be in memory of Jim.