Bob Ryan Tim Wakefield was unique, and at times, great ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page David Goldman/Associated Press Tim Wakefield decided to retire after 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, the last 17 spent with the Red Sox. Adam Hunger/REUTERS Wakefield's final win, on Sept. 13, was the 200th of his career. His career record was 200-180. John Blanding/Globe Staff Wakefield arrived in Boston in 1995, when he posted a 16-8 record and helped lead the team to an AL East title. Globe Photo Wakefield, second from right, bridged several generations of Red Sox players and was a teammate to Roger Clemens, left. Dave Hammond/AP Wakefield was especially versatile, serving as a starter, reliever and closer during his tenure. In 1999, he saved 15 games. Henny Abrams/Reuters Wakefield surrendered the game-ending home run to Aaron Boone in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against the Yankees. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Wakefield won two World Series with the Red Sox, and was part of the 2004 team that ended the 86-year title drought. Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images Wakefield began his career with the Pirates, with whom he played from 1992-1993. Gene J. Puskar/AP Wakefield's 17 seasons in a Red Sox trailed only Carl Yastrzemski (23), Ted Williams (19) and Dwight Evans (19).