Ten years after Wade Boggs’s Hall of Fame bust went into Cooperstown topped off with a Red Sox cap, the legendary Red Sox third baseman will finally get the honor of having his number retired in Boston.
“I am so humbled and honored to be among the greatest legends to ever put on a uniform for the amazing city of Boston,” Boggs said via a news release. “To say that your number will never be worn again is the highest honor an athlete can receive. Thank you.”
It’s been a long time coming for Boggs.
“It would be nice,” Boggs told the Globe’s Stan Grossfeld back in 2013. “Am I bitter? I thought when I wore a Boston hat in the Hall of Fame I’d be up there.
“I used to be bitter. But I think those days are over. Was I bitter? Absolutely.”
Now 24 years after he played his final game as a member of the Red Sox, the team announced Monday they will retire Boggs’ No. 26 in May. Boggs left the Red Sox in 1992 and joined the Yankees, where he won a World Series championship in 1996.
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Boggs, 57, played in 1,625 games for the Red Sox and batted .369 at Fenway. For his career that included stints with the Yankees and Rays, he had a career batting average of .328 with 118 home runs, 1,014 RBIs, and 578 doubles.
Boggs’s No. 26 will be the ninth number retired by the Red Sox and 10th to be installed on Fenway’s right-field facade.
The other Red Sox retired numbers are: 1 – Bobby Doerr; 4 – Joe Cronin; 6 – Johnny Pesky; 8– Carl Yastrzemski; 9 – Ted Williams; 14 – Jim Rice 27 – Carlton Fisk; and 45 – Pedro Martinez. Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 is retired in every baseball stadium.