One of the most enduring franchises in professional sports, the Boston Red Sox has added to their Hall of Fame. Formed in 1995, the Sox HOF has a long list of inductees, which includes sixteen men who are in the Baseball Hall of Fame. To be eligible for the Red Sox Hall, a player must be retired for at least three years and have been a member of the Boston squad for three seasons.
This year’s class is headlined by Curt Schilling, who has unfortunately been in the news for financial issues, rather than baseball related ones. Schilling is a strong candidate for Cooperstown and was one of the pitchers responsible for bringing the World Series to Fenway after a lengthy absence.
Schilling is joined by Marty Barrett, who was Second Basemen for much of the 80’s for Boston. His best season was 1986, where he had career highs in hits and OPS and captured the 1986 ALCS MVP. Outfielder, Ellis Burks was also inducted. Burks spent his first six season in Boston and won a Silver Slugger and Gold Glove while playing there. He did have more productive seasons after in Colorado, though the Coors Field effect may have assisted in that regard.
Going old school, 1940’s Pitcher, Joe Dobson was also named to the Red Sox Hall of Fame. Prior to and after World War II, Dobson won over 100 games while with Boston. Dutch Leonard posted 90 wins for Boston in the 1910’s including a league leading ERA of 0.96 in 1914.
They are joined by Joe Mooney, who has been employed by the Red Sox since 1970 and John Taylor who owned the franchise from 1904 to 1911.
We congratulate all of the new inductees to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.