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Wade Boggs Photo   Wade Boggs
"Boggs may have the best hand-eye coordination of anyone I've ever seen." - Ted Williams,

Full Name: Wade Anthony Boggs
 
Physique: 6' 2", 127 lbs
Left-Handed Hitter
 
Born: Jun 15, 1958, Omaha, NE
Age: 59 years old
 
Ranking: #22 All-time ( #21    All    #23 )
.328
career average

3,010 hits

Red Sox and Yankees
1982 - 1999

Hall of Fame: 2005



It was a rare occurrence to see Wade Boggs swing away at the first pitch, in sharp contrast to former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, but that didn't stop him from collecting over 3,000 hits in his 18-year career in baseball, spending his first eleven seasons with Boston. He also was the only player in the 20th century to get 200 or more hits in seven straight seasons (the only other player to accomplish this feat, Wee Willie Keeler, had eight straight between 1894 and 1901). Perhaps it may have been the fact that, methodically, he was one of the most superstitious players ever to put on a major league uniform. As part of his game preparation, he would eat a meal of chicken, earning him the moniker of "Chicken Man" by teammate Jim Rice. He would also perform drills at the same exact time every day, whether it was taking ground balls, stepping into the batting cage, or running wind sprints before the start of the game.

Boggs began his career with the Red Sox in 1982 and alternated between first and third that season while collecting a modest 118 hits in 104 games and batting .349. The next season, Boston decided that Boggs was the future at third, despite being pegged as a mediocre fielder by scouts as a minor leaguer, and shipped Carney Lansford, who had won the American League batting title in 1981 with a .336 average, to Oakland. Boggs responded with 210 hits and a league-leading .361 average in 153 games, although he committed an eye-popping 27 errors at third.

Between that season and 1989, the last of the seven-straight 200 hit seasons, Boggs amassed an amazing .352 average, batting .349 or better six of those years, and won the batting title five times. Boggs continued to play with Boston through the 1992 season and finished his Red Sox career with a .338 average, second only to the late-great Ted Williams in the club's record book. He also finished third in on-base percentage with a .428 average and fifth with 2098 hits.

Following the 1992 season, Boggs left Boston and signed with the rival New York Yankees. Although he had only averaged .259 at the plate in his final season with the Red Sox, the change of scenery seemed to restore his pop. In his first season with New York, his average climbed back up to .302; one year later, he hit .342 and also earned the first of two consecutive Gold Glove awards. Staying with New York for five seasons, he won his only World Series title in 1996 and won Game 4 of that series with a bases-loaded walk in the tenth inning to tie the series at two.

Boggs spent his last two seasons with the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays and, in August of 1999, he became the first ballplayer to get hit number 3000 on a home run. Following that season, he retired and, in January 2005, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on 91.9 percent of the ballots with the third-most votes in election history.


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