In keeping with the custom of bringing in high-profile names, Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs will serve as the guest speaker for the 9th Annual Hot Stove Banquet that is hosted by the Charleston RiverDogs.
The event, which will be held on Friday, February 1 at The Crystal Ballroom at the Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Blvd., is being presented for the sixth consecutive year by Tom McQueeney State Farm Insurance.
The Hot Stove Banquet is an annual event that is coordinated by the Charleston RiverDogs to whet the appetite of Charleston area baseball fans. Proceeds benefit The Citadel, College of Charleston and Charleston Southern baseball programs, as well as the MUSC's Storm Eye Institute, the RiverDogs' primary charity.
The reception begins at 6 pm with the dinner starting at 7 o'clock. Tickets are $65 per person and include dinner, a table gift, autograph and photo opportunities, and the chance to participate in both a silent and live auction. Tables with preferred seating for eight individuals are available for $550.
Boggs spent his 18-year baseball career primarily with the Boston Red Sox (1982-92), but also played for the New York Yankees (1993-97), with whom he won his only World Series, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998-99), with whom he recorded his 3,000th career hit. His hitting in the 1980s and ‘90s made him a perennial contender for American League batting titles. Boggs was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.
For his illustrious career, Boggs captured five batting titles, strung together seven consecutive seasons of 200 or more hits and earned 100 walks in four straight seasons. With his knack for getting on base, the superstitious Boggs often batted leadoff and scored at least 100 runs every season from 1983-89. Boggs retired with a lofty .328 career batting average.
With 12 straight All-Star appearances, Boggs is third only to fellow Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson and George Brett in number of consecutive appearances as a third baseman. In 1999, he ranked No. 95 on the Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was a nominee for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
Previous Hot Stove Speakers
2012 – John Smoltz
2011 – Bobby Cox
2010 - Dale Murphy
2009 – Gaylord Perry
2008 – Jeff Francoeur
2007 – Tommy John
2006 – Jim Bouton
2005 – Bobby Richardson & John Blanchard