BOSTON – Peter Gammons, an ESPN analyst and member of the writer's wing of the baseball Hall of Fame, was in good condition Wednesday at a Boston hospital after surgery for a brain aneurysm.
The 61-year-old Gammons was treated at Brigham and Women's Hospital after being airlifted from a hospital on Cape Cod, where he was stricken at his home Tuesday morning.
"Peter is resting comfortably after surgical repair of a brain aneurysm," his wife, Gloria, said in a statement. "We appreciate all of your good wishes and ask that you keep Peter in your thoughts and prayers. Please understand that we are asking for our privacy at this time as we focus on Peter's recovery."
Several ballplayers called the press box Tuesday during Boston's game against the New York Mets for updates on Gammons' condition.
"Peter is one of the Hall of Famers we have on TV, and everybody has a lot of respect for him," Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez said after the game. "I wish him well."
Gammons, a baseball analyst on ESPN, began his sports writing career at The Boston Globe in 1969. He covered the NHL, baseball and college basketball for Sports Illustrated from 1976-78 and 1986-90, working a second stint at the Globe in between. He joined ESPN full-time in 1990.
At the Globe in the 1970s, Gammons popularized the baseball notes columns that have become staples in Sunday newspapers.
A Boston native who grew up in nearby Groton, Gammons has been a regular on ESPN's Sunday-night telecasts this season, working the Braves-Yankees game in New York on Monday night.
Gammons' first CD, "Never Slow Down, Never Grow Old," is to be released next week. The proceeds will go to a foundation established by Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein.