Former Sox 3B Coach Wendell Kim passes away

Boston Red Sox Damon Buford, right, is congratulated by third base coach Wendell Kim after Buford hit a grand slam in the ninth inning off Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Gabe Molina, Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999 in Baltimore. The Red Sox beat the Orioles 8-0.(AP Photo/Dave Hammond)

BOSTON (AP) — Former Boston and San Francisco third base coach Wendell Kim has died.

The Red Sox say he died at the age of 64 after a struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Kim spent 30 years in professional baseball, including 15 as a major league coach, and was the first Korean-American to wear a major league uniform.

Kim also spent time with the Chicago Cubs and Montreal Expos. He coached first base and third base for the Giants from 1989-96 and was the third-base coach in Boston from 1997-00. He was known for his enthusiastic personality and his ability to perform magic tricks.

Ex-Giants third base coach Tim Flannery said on Facebook: “He was a competitor, great baseball man, and now he’s safe at home.”

Kim was a native of Honolulu.

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