04/13/2004 2:47 PM ET
Red Sox announce 2004 Hall of Fame selections
BOSTON -- Pitchers Dennis Eckersley and Bruce Hurst, catcher-manager Bill Carrigan and infielders Wade Boggs, Billy Goodman and Pete Runnels have been selected for induction into the Red Sox Hall of Fame. The club's Hall of Fame selection committee conducted its voting at a meeting last fall.
The fifth Hall of Fame Dinner and Enshrinement Ceremonies will be held in November at the new Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC). Further details regarding table and ticket purchases will be forthcoming.
Eckersley, who will also be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY this summer, was acquired by the Red Sox from Cleveland during Spring Training of 1978 and was with the team until he was traded to the Cubs in May of 1984. He finished his career with the Red Sox as a reliever in 1998. Dennis went 88-71 with a 3.94 ERA in 241 games (191 starts) with the Red Sox. He finished 20-8 in 1978 and 17-10 in 1979.
Hurst was 88-73 for the Red Sox from 1980-88, including a 56-33 (.629) record at Fenway Park. Bruce was 3-0 in the 1986 postseason and was an A.L. All-Star in 1987, when he set the club record for strikeouts by a lefthander with 190. He was 18-6 with a 2.99 ERA when the club won the East Division title in 1988.
Catcher Carrigan played 10 seasons for the Red Sox including four (1913-16) as a player-manager. He hit .263 as the regular catcher when the Sox won the World Series in 1912. Under Carrigan, the Sox were second in 1914, then won the World Series in 1915 and 1916, the only time the club has played in consecutive World Series. Carrigan retired to the banking business in 1917 but came back to manage the Sox again from 1927-29.
Boggs hit .338 in 1,625 games from 1982-92 and developed into an excellent third baseman. He won five A.L. batting titles, including four straight from 1985-88. He is the only player in major league history to record 200 hits and 100 runs scored in seven consecutive seasons (1983-89). Wade was an eight-time All-Star, led the league in on-base percentage six times, and holds club records for third basemen for most games (1,165), assists (2,956) and double plays (299).
Goodman hit .306 in 1,177 games for the Red Sox, including an A.L. high of .354 in 1950. He hit .290 or better nine straight years while playing all infield positions as well as the outfield. He led A.L. first basemen in fielding percentage in 1949 and led league second basemen in total chances per game in 1952. He was on the A.L. All-Star team twice and was second in the A.L. MVP voting in 1950.
Runnels played first and second base for the Red Sox from 1958-62, hitting .320 in 732 games. He won A.L. batting titles in 1960 and 1962 and was edged out by Ted Williams in 1958 (.328 to .322). He was a three-time A.L. All-Star, tied the league record with six hits August 30, 1960 and is fifth for the Sox with a career .408 on-base percentage.