Dick Bresciani, a long-time public relations executive with the Red Sox and the team's historian, passed away on Saturday after a lengthy illness. He was 76 years of age. Starting in 1972, Dick served as a publicist for the Red Sox and was later one of the moving forces behind the establishment of the Red Sox Hall Of Fame. In 2003, Dick became the archivist—and de facto historian—of the team as Vice President of publications. Bresciani was also instrumental in designing the rules under which a Red Sox player's uniform number can be retired. He was also the team's representative to The BoSox Club—the official fan organization supporting Boston baseball. Dick was a font of information on all things Red Sox—but most of all he was a decent and terrific person. He will be sorely missed.