Jim Corsi knew he did not have much time left. The former Oakland A’s reliever was battling terminal cancer and was spending those precious moments with his family and getting the message out to get screened for cancer, something he did not do until it was too late. It was his hope that, by sharing his story, he could keep others from making the same mistake.
Corsi’s battle came to an end last night as he passed away in his sleep. He was 60 years old.
Former Oakland A’s reliever Jim Corsi passes away at 60 years old
Corsi had been battling Stage 4 liver and colon cancer, something that may have been preventable had he gotten his screenings when he should have. That was the message that he wanted to get out before his passing – to make certain that others were able to avoid his fate.
He had set goals for himself once he knew his time was limited. Corsi wanted to walk his daughter down the aisle when she got married, something he was able to do. He had also wanted to meet his grandchildren, but unfortunately, will not be able to.
Baseball fans will remember Corsi as a dependable reliever who was a part of the A’s most recent World Series winning team. He may never have been an All Star and toiled in relative anonymity in his decade in the majors, but he was a solid part of the bullpen wherever he pitched.
But Corsi was more than that. While his baseball career was an important part of his life, he wanted to be known as a family man and not just a former pitcher. He desperately wanted more time with his family at the end, something that came through clearly in his final interview. Unfortunately, that was the one thing he could not get.
Former Oakland A’s reliever Jim Corsi has succumbed to liver and colon cancer. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.