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'Tek to be honored

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  September 18, 2006 04:44 PM

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Red Sox captain Jason Varitek will be honored for becoming the first catcher in Red Sox history to catch 1,000 games during a pregame ceremony tomorrow at Fenway.

According to a Red Sox press release, Varitek will be presented with a special award by Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk, who held the Red Sox club record with 990 career games caught before Varitek surpassed that total on July 18 versus the Royals. Varitek caught his 1000th game on July 31 and currently has appeared in 1,009 games behind the plate.

Fisk caught in a major league record 2,226 games in all or parts of 24 seasons with the Red Sox (1970; 1972-80) and White Sox (1981-93). He ranks second all-time in home runs for a catcher (351 of his career 376). The 1972 American League Rookie of the Year was an 11-time All-Star selection. A 2000 inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Fisk was named to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1997 and had his No. 27 retired by the team in September 2000. The Red Sox named the Fenway Park left field foul pole in his honor in June 2005, a lasting reminder of his famous 12th inning home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.

Varitek will also receive on Tuesday night the 2006 Red Sox Heart and Hustle Award from the local chapter of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. The honor is presents to a player who exemplifies the values, tradition, and spirit of the game of baseball. A national winner will be selected from the individual club honorees later this year.

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