MLB Hall of Famer Wade Boggs was in Charleston on Friday as the guest speaker at the 9th annual Hot Stove Banquet hosted by the RiverDogs.
The former Red Sox, Yankees and Devil Rays star took time to meet with fans and sign autographs before and after his speech at the Charleston Marriott. He also took time earlier in the day to meet with The Citadel baseball team and talk about his career on and off the field.
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.