BOSTON -- The Red Sox executive who oversaw the development of such stars as Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, Dwight Evans, Carlton Fisk, Bruce Hurst, Fred Lynn and Jim Rice has passed away. Edward F. Kenney Sr., who spent over 40 years as a baseball executive with the club, died on Wednesday in Braintree, Mass., due to complications related to diabetes. Kenney was 85. Kenney originally joined the Red Sox organization as a promising young pitcher in 1946, but his career was curtailed by arm problems. During the Red Sox drive to the American League pennant that season, he worked in the club's ticket office.
Two years later, he joined the Minor League department. In 1949, Kenney became assistant farm director to Johnny Murphy and later to Neil Mahoney. That office was divided into two departments in 1966, and Kenney became head of the Minor League system. He was promoted to vice president in 1978 after serving as director of Minor League operations since 1966. In his last three years with the organization, Kenney served as vice president of baseball development before retiring after the 1991 season. Kenney was born in Medford, Mass., and was raised in Winchester, where he captained the high school baseball team. After three years as the starting shortstop for Boston College, he graduated in 1943 and entered the United States Army. At the conclusion of World War II, he was signed by Sox scout Hugh Duffy and was converted to a pitcher. Kenney's father, Thomas, worked as an assistant for Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey for a number of years beginning in 1934. Kenney is survived by his wife, Anna, three daughters, Anne Marie Kelley, Katie Kenney and Helen McGann, as well as a son, Edward Kenney Jr., who worked in baseball operations for both the Red Sox and Orioles. Funeral services for Kenney will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET at St. Claire's Church, 1244 Liberty St. in Braintree, Mass. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at the McDonald Funeral Home, 809 Main St., in South Weymouth, Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the South Shore Visiting Nurses Hospice, P.O. Box 9060, Braintree, MA 02184.
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