Decorated Red Sox PR man Bresciani dies

Former Boston vice president joined organization in 1972

Decorated Red Sox PR man Bresciani dies

Dick Bresciani, a Red Sox vice president who had been with the club since 1972, died on Saturday night as a result of complications from leukemia. He was 76.

The Hopedale, Mass., native is a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, the University of Massachusetts Athletic Hall of Fame, the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame and the New England Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame. The longtime Red Sox public relations director received MLB's highest honor in public relations -- the Robert O. Fishel Award -- in 1997.

"Bresh was like a father to some members of our front office, an attentive uncle to many and the institutional memory to all," Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said in a statement. "He loved the Red Sox with a passion and zeal that reflected Boston and New England. He was a walking, talking encyclopedia of anecdotes and stories that cannot be replaced. The Red Sox family has lost a beloved and loyal member, and we offer our deepest sympathies to his beloved Joanne."

Bresciani joined the Sox in 1972 as assistant public relations director and has held many roles -- including, most recently, vice president of publications and archives, and club historian -- since then.

Part of Bresciani's duties were to coordinate the selections of the annual Tony Conigliaro Award recipient and the Red Sox Hall of Fame inductees. He also chaired the Red Sox Task Force Committee for the 1999 All-Star Game in Boston.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.