Boggs, 54, spent 11 seasons with the Red Sox and entered the Hall of Fame in 2005 wearing a Red Sox cap, yet his No. 26 has not been retired by the team.
“I’m the only Hall of Famer whose number has not been retired [by the team whose cap is shown on the plaque],” Boggs said. “Fergie [Jenkins] and I were the last two, but now Fergie is in [with the Cubs]. That leaves me. It’s disappointing.”
We called Jeff Idelson, president of the Hall of Fame, to ask whether all living Hall of Famers have had their numbers retired, and the research was ongoing.
...“I never wanted to be a Yankee, anyway,” Boggs said. “I remember we were sitting in a car in the parking lot at Fenway and Mrs. [Jean] Yawkey came over and she told Debbie and I, and Debbie was right there with me, that she wanted me to be a Red Sox for the rest of my career. This was late in the season in 1991. She offered me a seven-year, $51 million deal, which at the time was a huge deal. I said, ‘Mrs. Yawkey, I’ll sign this right now.’ She said John Harrington will be in touch with you.
“Then, Mrs. Yawkey passed away a few months later. I asked John whether the deal was still on the table and he said it wasn’t. They offered me a year and an option and at that point I knew things had changed because they reminded me they had Scott Cooper. At that point I was going to move on,” said Boggs, who signed a three-year, $11 million contract with the Yankees on Dec. 15, 1992, and spent five seasons with New York.
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