As a relief pitcher for the Sox, Bob Stanley, a.k.a. "the Steamer," gave infinite amounts of his time to the Jimmy Fund with his regular visits to see the children in the Jimmy Fund Clinic.
Bob Stanley (right) and his family are honored at Fenway.
One visit was with a 10-year-old patient who was deeply depressed and had stopped communicating with his friends and family. Stanley came to the clinic and brought his team jersey, a special one that he'd been wearing when he broke the Sox record for career saves. He signed the jersey and spent nearly two hours at the child's bedside.
Miraculously, the boy began talking again and kept speaking until his death several months later. The child was buried, as requested, wearing Stanley's No. 46 jersey. "That experience was a dream come true," said the boy's mother later. "He had lived and breathed the Red Sox for as long as I could remember, and during his last weeks, it was a major part of what helped him through each day."