Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Wade and Ryno Make the Hall

Wade Boggs made it in to the Hall of Fame on Monday, apparently as a Red Sox, which I think is great. One of my last mental pictures is Wade in a Yankee uniform riding a policeman’s horse in Yankee Stadium after the 1996 World Series. Wade was drafted by the Red Sox in the 7th round of the 1976 amateur draft and played in Boston for eleven years, 1982 through 1992. He played 3rd base as well as first and retired in 1999 after two seasons with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Ryne Sandberg also made it into the Hall. Affectionately called Ryno, he played with the Chicago Cubs for most of his career after being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 20th round of the 1978 amateur draft. Ryno was a wonderful second baseman, with great range, although he only played in two post seasons, the NLCS both times, 1984 and 1989. He first retired in 1994 after playing 54 games, then came back to play 150 games with the Cubs in 1996. He then retired for good in 1997.

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