Thursday, August 7, 2014
Tampa Bay Rays' Wade Boggs Reaches 3,000 Hits
On August 7, 1999, Wade Boggs, playing for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, hits a home run off Indians' pitcher Chris Haney to give him 3,000 hits for his career.
It was the first time a player hit a home run for his 3,000th hit and was the first notable moment in the history of the D-Rays.
Boggs would be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005, however there was a controversy as to which cap Boggs would go in with. Having played most of his career with the Yankees and Red Sox, the Hall of Fame decided that he would go in with a Red Sox cap, having spent 11 of his 18 seasons in Beantown.
On April 7, 2000, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays retired Boggs’ No. 12 jersey. It is the only number to have been issued only once by the Rays.
Although he has not had his number retired by the Boston Red Sox, he was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 2005.
Boggs finished his career with 3,010 hits, 118 home runs, 1,014 RBI’s and a .328 career batting average. Boggs was inducted into Cooperstown, the baseball Hall of Fame in 2005, with 91.9 percent vote; Boggs was a first ballot Hall of Famer.
Check out the video below of Boggs' recording his 3,000th hit: