The Red Sox will retire Wade Boggs’s uniform No. 26 at a ceremony at Fenway Park on May 26, the team announced Monday.
Boggs played for the Red Sox from 1982 to 1992 and was an eight-time all-star during his time in Boston. He also played for the Yankees (1993-1997) and Rays (1998-99).
“I am so humbled and honored to be among the greatest legends to ever put on a uniform for the amazing city of Boston,” Boggs said in a team news release. “To say that your number will never be worn again is the highest honor an athlete can receive. Thank you.”
Boggs’s number with be the ninth retired by the Red Sox and 10th to be installed on the right-field facade at Fenway Park. Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 is retired throughout baseball and the Red Sox have included it in the display.
The other Red Sox retired numbers are: 1 – Bobby Doerr; 4 – Joe Cronin; 6 – Johnny Pesky; 8– Carl Yastrzemski; 9 – Ted Williams; 14 – Jim Rice 27 – Carlton Fisk; and 45 – Pedro Martinez.
“Wade Boggs was the best third baseman in Red Sox history and one of the best hitters of his generation,” said Red Sox principal owner John Henry, who also owns the Globe. “Whether it was his legendary hand-eye coordination or the discipline of his highly superstitious routine, his ability to hit line drive after line drive was remarkable. We congratulate our first ballot Hall of Famer on this recognition.”
Boggs had a career batting average of .328 with 118 home runs, 1,014 RBIs, and 578 doubles. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.
Brock Holt, who has been wearing No. 26, will switch to 12, the Red Sox announced.