Wade Boggs

Wade Boggs

1B, 3B, DH, LF, OF, P
June 15, 1958
6' 2"
190 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-10-1982 with BOS
Allstar Selections:
1983 SS, 1986 SS, 1987 SS, 1988 SS, 1989 SS, 1991 SS, 1993 SS, 1994 GG, 1994 SS, 1995 GG
Hall of Fame:

Boggs retired number for Devil RaysWade Boggs was a base-hit machine, racking up 200 hits in seven consecutive seasons with his jedi-like approach to his craft. He won five batting titles and consistently hit 40 doubles a year. Unable to in a World Series in Boston, Boggs signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees in mid-career and sipped champagne in 1996. His 3,000th career hit was a home run for the Devil Rays in 1999.

Wade Boggs Teammates

Rich Gedman
Don Mattingly
Marty Barrett
Carney Lansford
Derek Jeter
Jim Rice
Bernie Williams
Dwight Evans
Carl Yastrzemski
Roger Clemens
Bruce Hurst
Oil Can Boyd
Andy Pettitte
David Cone
Mariano Rivera
Jeff Reardon
Joe Torre

Best Season: 1987

Boggs won his third straight batting title (.363) and collected exactly 200 hits. He also drew 105 walks while striking out just 48 times. He lashed 40 doubles, six triples, and 24 home runs (by far his career-standard). Hitting mostly leadoff, he drove in 89 runs and scored 108 times. In '88 he won his fourth straight batting crown.


Boggs was part of a bizarre scenario on September 18, 1993, when the Yankees defeated the Red Sox, 4-3, because a fan ran onto the field. With New York trailing, 3-1, with two outs and a man on first in the ninth inning, Mike Stanley hit a fly ball to left that apparently ended the game. Umpire Tim Welke, however, had called time when a fan bolted onto the field, giving Stanley a second chance. He singled on the next pitch. That was followed by a hit by Boggs, a walk to Dion James, and a single by Don Mattingly which drove home the tying and winning runs.

Boggs' methodical approach to hitting was an extension of his methodical personality. The quirky Boggs was one of the most superstitious players baseball has ever seen: he awoke at the same time every morning, ate chicken before every game (Jim Rice nicknamed him "Chicken Man"), and took exactly 150 ground balls during infield practice. For night games, Boggs stepped into the batting cage at 5:17 and ran wind sprints at 7:17. (Trying to hex him, a scoreboard operator in Toronto once flipped the stadium clock directly from 7:16 to 7:18.) Before each at-bat Boggs would draw the Hebrew word "Chai" in the batter's box, and his route to and from the playing field was so precise that by late summer his footprints were often clearly visible in the grass in front of his home dugout.

Scouting Report
"…might be the purest hitter in baseball. No one has yet found a way to get him out consistently… can be fooled by an off-speed pitch, but he has the discipline to plunk it over the infield rather than to overswing… Boggs cannot field. He has been put at third base after being at first in 1982, and made 27 errors last season. He has trouble both to his left and right. His throws are sometimes aimed…" — from the 1984 Scouting Report

College:  Hillsborough JC

Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1982
Tony Gwynn
Wade Boggs
Julio Franco
Willie McGee
Tony Phillips
Don Mattingly
Frank Viola
Doug Jones
Kevin Bass

"Chicken" came from his habit of eating chicken before every game.

Uniform Numbers
#26 (1982-1992), #12 (1993-1999)

Similar Players
Rod Carew, George Brett, Tony Gwynn, Ichiro Suzuki

Related Players
Willie Keeler, George Brett, Carney Lansford, Ryne Sandberg

Hall of Fame Voting
Year     Election     Votes     Pct
2005     BBWAA     474     91.9%

Post-Season Appearances
1986 American League Championship Series
1986 World Series
1988 American League Championship Series
1990 American League Championship Series
1995 American League Divisional Series
1996 American League Championship Series
1996 American League Divisional Series
1996 World Series
1997 American League Divisional Series

Awards and Honors
1994 AL Gold Glove
1995 AL Gold Glove

Boggs collected his 3,000th hit on August 6, 1999, one day after Tony Gwynn had reached the milestone. Boggs became the first player to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit.


    * April 30, 1987: 1000th Hit...

    * May 17, 1992: 2000th Hit...

    * August 23, 1995: 2500th Hit...

    * August 7, 1999: 3000th Hit... Boggs belted a home run, the first player to do so for his 3,000th hit. It came against Chris Haney.

Batting Feats

    * August 2, 1994: 3 HR...

Boggs hit .344 for his career with runners in scoring position. He also batted .363 with the bases loaded.

Hitting Streaks
28 games (1985)
25 games (1987)
20 games (1986)

June 8, 1976: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 7th round of the 1976 amateur draft;

December 15, 1992: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees;

Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees; 

December 9, 1997: Signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

All-Star Selections
1985 AL
1986 AL
1987 AL
1988 AL
1989 AL
1990 AL
1991 AL
1992 AL
1993 AL
1994 AL
1995 AL
1996 AL

Bogg's .349 average in his '82 rookie season prompted the Red Sox to trade Carney Lansford, who had won the batting title the previous season. Lansford's departure opened the door for Boggs to play third base.

Replaced By
Vinny Castilla, who as a player, may be about as opposite as you can get from Wade Boggs.

Best Strength as a Player
Batting eye

Largest Weakness as a Player
Early in his career he had some problems making the throw to first from third. He was also a slow starter: his career batting average in April was below .300, but that's nitpicking.

3000 hit club, Batting title, Boston Red Sox, Gold Glove, New York Yankees, Wade Boggs
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