Wade Boggs

Available for: Keynote/Banquet; Autographs; Convention/Trade Show

One of the best hitters to ever play the game, Wade Boggs began his Hall of Fame career, breaking in with the Boston Red Sox in 1982. He played with the New York Yankees from 1992-96, concluding his 18 years in the Majors with Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999.

One of the most prolific hitters to ever play the game, Boggs was the American League batting champion 5 times. He appeared in 12 straight All Star games, won 2 Gold Glove Awards, won the World Series in 1996, and was the first of only two players to hit a home run as his 3000th hit. He was inducted into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 2005,

Boggs had a lifetime average of .328, with 3010 career hits. He was voted one of Sporting News’ Top 100 Players of all-time.

Though baseball made him famous, Boggs was almost as well-known for his superstitions. Wade ate chicken before every game, woke up at the same time every day, took exactly 150 ground balls in practice, took batting practice at 5:17 and ran wind sprints at 7:17. His route to and from his position in the field was so precise, his actual path to the home dugout could be seen by mid-season. Boggs drew the Hebrew word “Chai” (meaning “life”) in the batter’s box before each at-bat. He also appeared on numerous television programs, including Cheers and The Simpson’s. (as an animated Wade Boggs)

 

Since retirement, Wade has pursued his life-long passion for the outdoors. He fishes often; both near his home in Tampa, and numerous international destinations; more recently for the television series he hosts, Fin Chasers.   

 

Boggs has harvested the Big 5 of dangerous game in Africa and the Four North American Wild Sheep species, along with many other large and small game animals. One of Wade’s most prized possessions; one that is displayed prominently amongst his numerous baseball honors and awards, is a shotgun that was given to him by fellow Hall of Famer, Ted Williams. 

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