02/13/2006 1:09 PM ET
2006 electees to Red Sox Hall of Fame announced
Class of 2006 to be enshrined at November 9 Hall of Fame dinner to benefit the Red Sox Foundation
BOSTON -- Six uniformed personnel and one front office executive have been selected for induction into the Red Sox Hall of Fame. The 2006 induction dinner will be held November 9 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center with net proceeds benefiting the Red Sox Foundation and its charitable programs.
The Red Sox Hall of Fame Class of 2006 includes infielder Vern Stephens (1948-52), righthander Ellis Kinder (1948-55), second baseman Jerry Remy (1978-84), first baseman George Scott (1966-71, 1977-79) and managers Joe Morgan (1988-91) and Dick Williams (1967-69).
The non-uniformed selection is Red Sox Vice President Dick Bresciani (1972- ).
Dave Roberts' stolen base in the bottom of the 9th inning in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS against Yankees was chosen for recognition as a Memorable Moment in Red Sox History.
Founded in 1995, the Red Sox Hall of Fame includes 57 players, managers and front office executives, including the Class of 2006.
Vern Stephens, a four-time All-Star with the Red Sox (1948-51), hit .283 (721-for-2,545) with 122 home runs and 562 RBI in 660 games for Boston. He is among all-time Red Sox leaders at shortstop in several offensive and defensive categories and had three straight seasons with 135 or more RBI, driving in 137 runs in 1948, 159 to tie Ted Williams for the major league lead in 1949, and 144 to tie Walt Dropo for the major league lead in 1950. Stephens passed away in 1968.
Ellis Kinder compiled an 86-52 (.623) record with a 3.28 ERA in eight Red Sox seasons. In 1949 he went 23-6 with a league-leading six shutouts and .792 winning pct. He made a then-record 69 appearances in 1953 and led the American League with 10 relief wins and 27 saves. He ranks third all-time for the Red Sox with 39 relief wins and 91 saves and fifth with 365 appearances.
Somerset, MA native Jerry Remy, hit .286 (802-for-2,809) in 710 games with the Red Sox. His 98 stolen bases rank 13th on the Red Sox all-time list. He had 30 steals in 1978 and a club-record four in a game on June 14, 1980 vs. the Angels. In 1983 Remy had 163 hits in 146 games. His .982 fielding pct. at second base ranks him third all-time for the Red Sox.
Three-time Gold Glove winner George Scott leads all Red Sox first basemen with 988 games played. His .989 career fielding percentage ranks sixth on the all-time club list. The two-time All-Star hit 154 homers, banged 350 extra-base hits with collected 562 RBI in nine seasons in Boston. He ranked fourth in the league with a .303 average for the Impossible Dream Red Sox of 1967.
When he took over as manager on July 14, 1988, Joe Morgan led the Red Sox to wins in 12 straight and 19 of 20 to move into first place. The Sox won the A.L. East Division that year and again in 1990. Morgan was named A.L. Manager of the Year in 1988. His Red Sox affiliation began in 1974 as manager of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, who he led to an 80-60, first-place finish in 1977.
In his first year as manager in 1967, Dick Williams, the youngest manager in the A.L. and second youngest in the majors at 37, led the Red Sox to a 92-70 finish, the A.L. pennant and the seventh game of the World Series. The team had finished 72-90 in ninth place in 1966. He was named 1967 A.L. Manager of the Year. As a Red Sox player in 1963-64 he was the team's top pinch hitter.
Dick Bresciani, the Red Sox' Vice President/Publications and Archives joined the organization in May of 1972 as Assistant Public Relations Director. He moved up to Director of PR in 1984 and has been a Vice President since 1987. He was named the 1997 winner of the Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence in Major League Baseball. Under his coordination the Red Sox instituted a formal retiring of numbers policy in 1984, the annual national Tony Conigliaro Award in 1990 and the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1995.
Dave Roberts' stolen base in the pivotal Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, was one of the defining moments in Red Sox history. With the Yankees ahead 4-3, Kevin Millar led off the ninth inning with a walk off relief ace Mariano Rivera, and Roberts entered the game as a pinch runner for Millar. Roberts' stole second and eventual scored on Bill Mueller's single to tie the game, which the Red Sox won 6-4 in 12 innings to keep their post-season hopes alive, igniting the greatest comeback in post-season history.
The Hall of Fame selection committee: Red Sox broadcasters Joe Castiglione and Jerry Trupiano; Sean McAdam, Chaz Scoggins and Bill Ballou, representing the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America; Dick Johnson from the Sports Museum of New England; baseball historian Ed Walton (who passed away November 14, 2005); Cheri Giffin and George Berardi of the BoSox Booster Club; retired Boston baseball writer Joe Giuliotti; Seamus Kearney from the Boston chapter of SABR; fan representative Dick Flavin; and Red Sox executives Lou Gorman and Dick Bresciani.
Information regarding tickets for the 2006 Red Sox Hall of Fame Dinner will be announced in the spring.