Retired Numbers at Fenway, 2016 – Sully Baseball Daily Photo at Noon for February 5, 2018


When I visited Fenway Park in 2016, I saw the Red Sox FINALLY had fixed some of the retired number injustices.

Johnny Pesky, the lone non Hall of Famer on the list had joined Ted Williams, Joe Cronin, Bobby Doerr and Carl Yastrzemski and Carlton Fisk. Jim Rice finally had his retired when he got into the Hall of Fame.

Pedro Martinez’s 45 went up there when he made the Hall. But Wade Boggs oddly was given the cold shoulder. Sure he went to the Yankees. But the Red Sox never offered him a contract when it ran out. What was he supposed to do?

Finally 26 got its rightful place among the others (Big Papi joined them later.)

The bitter irony of Jackie Robinson being up there is clear. The Red Sox could have signed him, but he wasn’t their kind of player. Gee, I wonder why.

A classic Boston picture with the Pru and Hancock looming in the background.

One thought on “Retired Numbers at Fenway, 2016 – Sully Baseball Daily Photo at Noon for February 5, 2018

  1. They don’t follow these rules anymore, but officially (and this explains why some numbers were not retired until recently) you have to have:

    1. Played at least ten years with the Red Sox.
    2. Ended your career with the Red Sox (see Boggs).
    3. Be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown, not Red Sox).
    4. Have been retired for five years (see above).

    They made up some front office gig for Fisk to skirt rule 2 (since he ended his playing years with the White Sox).

    Now that none of this seems to matter they should go ahead and retire Evans (who should be in the Hall, anyway).

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