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State University of New York at Purchase ​Wade Anthony Boggs is an American former professional baseball third baseman he spent his 18-year baseball career primarily with the Boston Red Sox but also played for the New York Yankees with whom he won a World Series ring and Tampa Bay Devil Rays with whom he reached 3,000 hits his hitting in the 1980s and 1990s made him a perennial contender for American League batting titles he is thirty third on the list of career leaders for batting average among major league baseball players with a minimum of 1,000 plate appearances Boggs was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2004 and the baseball hall of fame in 2005 with 12 straight all-star appearances Boggs is third only to Brooks Robinson and George Brett and number of consecutive appearances as a third baseman in 1998 he ranked number 95 on the sporting news list of the 100 greatest baseball players and was a nominee for the Major League Baseball all-century team Boggs a 1976 graduate of plant high school in Tampa Florida currently resides in the Tampa Palms neighborhood of Tampa early life Boggs was born in Omaha Nebraska the youngest of three sons of Winfield k Boggs and Sue Boggs Boggs had originated military upbringing Winfield and soon met in 1946 at a military base in Georgia Winfield served with the Marines in World War two and flew for the Air Force in the korean war while sue piloted mail planes in world war two the bogs family lived in several different places before settling in Tampa when Wade was 11 years old he attended plant high school in Tampa where he played baseball and was an all-state football player as a senior Boggs played quarterback until senior year when he switched positions to avoid injury and thereby protect his baseball career his success as a leftfooted place kicker and punter earned him a scholarship offer from the University of South Carolina he graduated from plant high school in 1976 and was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the seventh round of the 1976 MLB draft on the advice veteran scout George Digby he signed with the club for 7,500 sue Boggs was killed in a car accident during the nineteen eighty-six season when a cement truck being driven by a prisoner on work detail ran a red light and struck her car minor league career Boggs played in the longest game in professional baseball history as a member of the Power Tucket Red Sox in 1981 against Cal Ripken junior and the Rochester Red Wings the POW Tucket red sox and rochester red wings two teams from the triple-a international league played the longest game in professional baseball history it lasted for 33 innings over eight hours and 25 minutes 32 innings were played from 18 to april nineteen nineteen eighty-one at McCoy Stadium in power Tucket Rhode Island during his last year in the minor leagues with POW Tucket he led the league with a point 335 batting average 167 hits and 41 doubles major league career equals Boston Red Sox a left-handed hitter Boggs won five batting titles starting in 1983 he also batted point 349 in his rookie year which would have won the batting title but was 121 plate appearances short of the required minimum of 500 to from 1982 to 1988 Boggs hit below point 349 only once hitting point 325 in 1984 from 1983 to 1989 Boggs rattled off seven consecutive seasons in which he collected 200 or more hits an American League record for consecutive 200 hits seasons that was later matched and surpassed by Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki Boggs also had six seasons with 200 or more hits 100 plus runs and 40 plus doubles although he would not win another batting title after 1988 he regularly appeared among the league leaders in hitting in 1985 Boggs had 72 multi-hit games a club record in 1986 Boggs made it to the World Series with the Red Sox but they lost to New York Mets in seven games he holds the record for batting average at fenway park at point three six nine equals New York Yankees equals in 1992 Boggs slumped 2.25 nine euro one of only three times in his career that he failed to reach point 300 euro and at the end of the season he left the Red Sox with whom he had spent his entire career to that point he was heavily pursued by two teams the Los Angeles Dodgers and the arch rival of the Red Sox the New York Yankees he chose the Yankees when they added the third year to the contract that the Dodgers would not offer Boggs went on to be awarded three straight all-star appearances had four straight point 300 plus seasons and even collected to Gold Glove awards for his defense in 1996 Boggs helped the Yankees win their first world series title in 18 years which became his only World title in the series fourth game which saw the yankees rally from six runs down to win Boggs was called on to pinch-hit in the 10th inning and using the batting eye he was known for throughout his career he coaxed a bases-loaded walk out of Steve Avery which gave the Yankees the lead in a game they went on to win eight dash six after the Yankees won the series in Game six Boggs memorably celebrated by jumping on the back of an NYPD horse touring the field with his index finger in the air despite his self professed fear of horses Boggs occasionally appears in the Yankees annual old-timers day a celebration of past Yankees in which the players play a multi inning game of baseball at Yankee Stadium equals Tampa Bay Devil Rays equals Boggs signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for the final two


seasons of his career he hit the first home run in Devil Rays history in the sixth inning of the inaugural game on March thirty first nineteen ninety-eight on august seven 1999 he collected his 3000th hit with a home run despite his reputation as a singles hitter with limited power he is one of only three players whose 3000th hit was a home run and was the only one until Derek Jeter hit his on july nine 2011 Alex Rodriguez has also now done this on jun 9 2015 Boggs retired in 1999 after sustaining a knee injury leaving with a career batting average of point three to eight and three thousand ten hits two yellow seats among the rest of the tropic Ana's blue seats mark we're both historic balls landed in right field each with a small metal plate noting it as the area that the ball landed baseball legacy his career paralleled that of Tony Gwynn who also debuted in 1982 Boggs and Gwynn were the premier contact hitters of their era they both won multiple batting titless boxes 5 and Gwynn zeta euro and each won four straight to join t.y Cobb Rogers Hornsby and Rod Carew as the only players to do so Gwynn and Boggs each hit over point 350 in four straight seasons the only players to do so since nineteen thirty-one they joined Lou Brock and Rod Carew as the only players whose careers ended after World War two who finished with 3000 hits and fewer than 100 60 home runs Boggs recorded one inning pitching at the major league level his main pitch was a knuckleball which he used 16 times in one shutout inning for the Yankees against the Anaheim Angels in a 1997 game his own style included mental preparedness techniques which consisted in visualizing four at-bats each evening before a game and imagining himself successfully getting four hits as of jun 8 1986 over the course of the previous 162 games Boggs was hitting point 400 with 254 hits in 635 at-bats in 1987 Boggs our euro who was up for a new contract following the season a gyro hit 24 home runs the most in any year of his career on april seven two thousand his number 12 was retired by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays it is the only number to have been issued only once by the Rays although he has not had his number retired by the Boston Red Sox he was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 2005 recently there was a petition started on change.org calling for the Boston Red Sox to finally retire Boggs number 26 uniform Boggs was known for his superstitions he ate chicken before every game woke up at the same time every day took exactly 117 ground balls in pregame practice took batting practice at 517 p.m. and ran sprints at 717 p.m. to increase his chances of going 747 his route to and from his position in the field beat a path to the home dugout he drew the Hebrew were chai meaning life in the batter's box before each at-bat though he is not Jewish he asked Fenway Park public address announcer Sherm feller not to say his uniform number when he introduced him because boggs once broke out of a slump on a day when feller forgot to announce his number life outside baseball equals the Margo Adams affair and palimony lawsuit Boggs garnered non-baseball related media attention in 1989 for his four-year extramarital affair with Margo Adams a California mortgage broker after Boggs ended the relationship in 1988 Adams filed a 12 million dollars lawsuit for emotional distress and breach of oral contract she argued the Boggs had verbally agreed to compensate her for lost income and services performed while accompanying Boggs on road trips Boggs reputation was further sullied when Adams agreed to an interview with Penthouse magazine in which she discussed intimate details of her time with Boggs while acknowledging the affair Boggs went on the offensive in order to combat the wave of negative press denying many of the claims made by Adams Boggs rebuttal included an appearance on the ABC program twenty twentieths in which he presented his side of the story to Barbara Walters in February 1989 an appeals court threw out 11.5 million dollars of the initial lawsuit ruling that Adams could not seek compensation for emotional distress the remaining demand for $500,000 was settled out of court later that year for an undisclosed amount equals hall of fame plaque cap logo controversy equals before his retirement Boggs was plagued by newspaper reports that the expansion Devil Rays gave him financial compensation in return for selecting a devil rays cap for his plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame though he has denied that any such condition was part of his contract in light of those reports the hall decided in 2001 to change its practice of deferring to players wishes regarding cap logo selection and reinforced the halls authority to determine with which cap the player would be depicted Boggs is wearing a Boston cap on his plaque equals family equals Boggs mother died in June 1986 due to a car accident in Tampa while he was with the Red Sox shortly after her death Boggs and his father bought a fish camp on us 301 just south of Hawthorne Florida they named Finn a which his father operated until shortly before he died Wade and his wife Debbie have two children Brett and Megan Wade Boggs was named one of the top ten most superstitious athletes by men's fitness equals wrestling equals as a baseball player Boggs made an appearance for the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Federation in 1988 he appeared in a vignette with wrestler mr. perfect in which perfect played baseball the two remained good friends afterward and 19 years later in 2007 Boggs inducted the late perfect into the WWE hall of fame in the DVD the life and times of mr. perfect Boggs related how henig saved his life carrying Boggs to help after he had severely cut his leg climbing over a broken barbed-wire fence during a hunting trip equals television equals Boggs was one of the baseball players featured in the classic The Simpsons episode homer at the bat in which he was recruited as a ringer by mr. burns for the power plants softball team only to later be knocked out in a


bar fight by Barney Gumbel Boggs appeared as himself in the episode bar wars of Cheers in which he was sent to the bar as an apology by a rival bar he was accosted by the regulars who thought he was a fake David Levine revealed in 2009 that Boggs had promised to trade Adams panties for Kirstie Alley's in Seinfeld's the chaperone George convinces the Yankees to switch to cotton uniforms assuring manager Buck Showalter that the Bombers would be five degrees cooler than the other team Wade Boggs was quoted as saying what a fabric finally we can breathe in 2011 he also appeared in the psych episode dead man's curve ball in 2015 Boggs guest-starred in the season 10 premiere of it's always sunny in philadelphia equals oil can Boyd zac use a shin of racism equals former red sox pitcher oil can Boyd was on a book tour to promote his new autobiography and was on the Dennis and Callahan show on WEEI when he claimed the Boggs was a bigot and would call him the n-word every day to his face in the clubhouse Boggs vehemently disputed the claims asserting absolutely positively 100 million percent I am NOT a racist I am not a bigot referring to Boyd who has admitted to frequently using cocaine and marijuana Boggs noted you have a delusional drug addict to let not only his family down but his team the city of Boston Red Sox Nation when it counted most now he wants the good people of Boston to go out and spend money on this garbage to support his habit I find that extremely amusing bibliography Boggs Contemporary books ISBN 08 09 25 06 3 dash to the techniques of modern hitting peerage ebooks ISBN 0 50 1595 X foul tips my favorite chicken recipes Narragansett graphics wakefield RI OCLC 23 million seven hundred nineteen thousand two hundred forty see also Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame list of Major League Baseball hit records list of Major League Baseball doubles records DHL hometown heroes list of major league baseball players with 2,000 hits list of major league baseball players with 400 list of Major League Baseball players with 1000 runs list of major league baseball players with 1000 RBIs 3000 hit Club list of major league baseball batting champions list of Major League Baseball runs scored champions list of Major League Baseball annual doubles leaders references external links career statistics and player information from baseball-reference or FanGraphs or the baseball cube or baseball-reference The College at Old Westbury.

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