Happy 52nd Birthday to Wade Boggs. On June 15th, 1958, Wade Boggs was born in Omaha, Nebraska. The Boston Red Sox drafted Boggs in 1976 at the age of 18. It wouldn’t be until April of 1982 that he would get his first at-bat, but Boggs would have an immediate impact for the Red Sox.
In his rookie season, Boggs recorded a batting average (BA) of .349 and earned the Rookie of the Year award. From that season on, Boggs would go on to earn 8 Silver Slugger awards (given to the best offensive player in each league), 5 batting titles, 12 total and consecutive All-Star Appearances from 1985-1996, 2 Gold Gloves (awarded to the best defensive player at each fielding position in each league) and a World Series Championship. Boggs played his entire 18 season career in the American League East (11 with the Red Sox, 5 with the Yankees and 2 with the Devils Rays). In his final season on August 6th, 1999, Boggs blasted a home run at Tropicana Field as a member of the Devil Rays and recorded his 3,000th career hit. Of the 27 players in the 3,000 career hit club, Boggs is the only player to hit a home run as his 3,000th hit.
Boggs was elected into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2004 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005. Today, Boggs is a still regarded as one of the best 3B to ever play the game and was named #95 on the Sporting News’ list of Greatest Baseball Players. Happy Birthday Wade!