The Red Sox will retire Wade Boggs’s uniform No. 26 at a ceremony at Fenway Park on May 26, the team announced Monday.
Boggs’ number, 26, will be retired on May 26, 2016. It will be the 10th number retired by the organization and will be displayed with the others on the right field façade of Fenway Park.
“I am so humbled and honored to be among the greatest legends to ever put on a uniform for the amazing city of Boston,” said Boggs. “To say that your number will never be worn again is the highest honor an athlete can receive. Thank you.”
No one has ever played more games at third base in Red Sox history, and his .338 batting average in Boston is second only to Ted Williams.
Boggs was an eight-time All-Star during his 11 seasons as Boston’s third baseman from 1982-92.
“Wade Boggs was the best third baseman in Red Sox history and one of the best hitters of his generation,” said Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry. “Whether it was his legendary hand-eye coordination or the discipline of his highly superstitious routine, his ability to hit line drive after line drive was remarkable. We congratulate our first ballot Hall of Famer on this recognition.”
“I am part of a generation that grew up watching Wade Boggs play at Fenway Park,” said Red Sox President Sam Kennedy. “For those of us who came early for BP, we could count on Wade religiously signing autographs every single day, as well as launching baseballs off the Monster day in and day out. This is a long overdue acknowledgement of a player who is arguably the best pure hitter in Red Sox history. We look forward to affixing his number 26 in its rightful place alongside the great legends on Fenway Park’s right field facade.”
Other players with numbers retired by the Red Sox are: Bobby Doerr’s No. 1; Joe Cronin’s No. 4; Johnny Pesky’s No. 6; Carl Yastrzemski’s No. 8; Ted Williams’ No. 9; Jim Rice’ No. 14; Carlton Fisk’s No. 27; Pedro Martinez’s No. 45, and Jackie Robinson’s No. 42, which is retired throughout Major League Baseball.
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