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Nicholas Dominic Cafardo (May 8, 1956 – February 21, 2019)[1] was an American sportswriter and sports author. A longtime columnist and beat reporter for The Boston Globe, he primarily covered the Boston Red Sox.[2][3]

Nick Cafardo
A man sitting in the stands at a baseball stadium
Cafardo at Fenway Park
Born(1956-05-08)May 8, 1956
DiedFebruary 21, 2019(2019-02-21) (aged 62)
Alma materSuffolk University
OccupationSportswriter, author
Years active1981–2019
Known forBoston Red Sox coverage
(m. 1979)

Early lifeEdit

Cafardo was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts; his parents were immigrants from Italy.[2] He grew up in Hanson, Massachusetts, and graduated from Whitman-Hanson Regional High School.[2] Cafardo attended Northeastern University before graduating from Suffolk University.[2] He was inducted into the Whitman-Hanson hall of fame in 1993.[4]


Cafardo got his start covering local news for The Enterprise of Brockton, Massachusetts, and sports for The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Massachusetts, before moving to The Boston Globe in 1989.[4] He was hired at the Globe at the suggestion of Will McDonough.[4] Cafardo covered the New England Patriots for the Globe when he wasn’t covering the Red Sox.[5] His "Sunday Baseball Notes" column in the Globe was nationally read.[2][5]

Cafardo was the author of several books on sports.[2] He wrote The Impossible Team: The Worst to First Patriots’ Super Bowl Season (2002),[5] Boston Red Sox: Yesterday and Today (2007), and 100 Things Red Sox Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die (2008).[6] With Tom Glavine, he wrote None But the Braves: A Pitcher, a Team, a Champion (1996) and Inside Pitch: Playing and Broadcasting the Game I Love (2016),[2] while with Jerry Remy, he wrote If These Walls Could Talk (2019).[5]

In 2001, Cafardo joined New England Sports Network (NESN) as an analyst for the Red Sox,[7] and contributed to NESN reports covering the team.[3]

Cafardo was co-recipient of the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year award in 2014, shared with colleague Kevin Dupont of the Globe.[8] In January 2017, Cafardo received the Dave O'Hara Award from the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA), recognizing his long and meritorious service to BBWAA Boston.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1979, Cafardo married his wife, Leeanne, with whom he had two children. They lived in Plymouth, Massachusetts.[2][5] Cafardo died on February 21, 2019.[2] He apparently suffered an embolism at JetBlue Park, and died at Gulf Coast Medical Center; both are in Fort Myers, Florida.[2] In August 2019, the Red Sox honored Cafardo in a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park, which included his two grandchildren throwing out ceremonial first pitches.[10]


  1. ^ "Obituary for Nicholas D. Cafardo". The Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home. February 2019. Retrieved August 29, 2019 – via
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Marquard, Bryan (February 22, 2019). "Nick Cafardo, baseball writer of uncommon grace and dedication, dies at 62". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Nick Cafardo, Longtime Boston Globe Red Sox Reporter, Dies At 62". NESN. February 21, 2019. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Death of Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo stuns friends and colleagues". The Enterprise. February 21, 2019. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e Frias, Jordan (February 21, 2019). "Nick Cafardo, longtime Globe baseball writer, at 62". Boston Herald. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  6. ^ Cafardo, Nick (2014). 100 Things Red Sox Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Triumph Books. ISBN 9781623688899. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  7. ^ Bowers, Rachel G. (February 22, 2019). "Watch NESN's tribute to Nick Cafardo". Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "Massachusetts Awards". National Sports Media Association. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  9. ^ Smith, Christopher (January 5, 2017). "Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox RF, to be honored as team MVP at Boston Dinner; Pete Frates to receive Lifetime Achievement Award". Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Porter, Matt (August 16, 2019). "Red Sox honor family of late Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 29, 2019.

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