The Red Sox Hall of Fame Class of 2006 will consist of four players, two managers, and one front-office executive, the team announced today. The list includes player-turned-broadcaster Jerry Remy and skippers Joe Morgan and Dick Williams.
Also gaining induction this year will be infielder Vern Stephens (1948-52), righthander Ellis Kinder (1948-55), first baseman George Scott (1966-71, 1977-79), and Red Sox vice president Bresciani.
The team will also recognize Dave Roberts’ stolen base in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS as a “Memorable Moment in Red Sox History”.
The 2006 induction dinner will be held Nov. 9 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Founded in 1995, the Red Sox Hall of Fame includes 57 players, managers and front office executives, including the Class of 2006.
More information on the inductees from the Red Sox media relations department:
Vern Stephens, a four-time All-Star with the Red Sox (1948-51), hit .283 (721-for-2,545) with 122 home runs and 562 RBI in 660 games for Boston. He is among all-time Red Sox leaders at shortstop in several offensive and defensive categories and had three straight seasons with 135 or more RBI, driving in 137 runs in 1948, 159 to tie Ted Williams for the major league lead in 1949, and 144 to tie Walt Dropo for the major league lead in 1950. Stephens passed away in 1968.
Ellis Kinder compiled an 86-52 (.623) record with a 3.28 ERA in eight Red Sox seasons. In 1949 he went 23-6 with a league-leading six shutouts and .792 winning pct. He made a then-record 69 appearances in 1953 and led the American League with 10 relief wins and 27 saves. He ranks third all-time for the Red Sox with 39 relief wins and 91 saves and fifth with 365 appearances.
Somerset, Mass., native Jerry Remy, hit .286 (802-for-2,809) in 710 games with the Red Sox. His 98 stolen bases rank 13th on the Red Sox all-time list. He had 30 steals in 1978 and a club-record four in a game on June 14, 1980 vs. the Angels. In 1983 Remy had 163 hits in 146 games. His .982 fielding pct. at second base ranks him third all-time for the Red Sox.
Three-time Gold Glove winner George Scott leads all Red Sox first basemen with 988 games played. His .989 career fielding percentage ranks sixth on the all-time club list. The two-time All-Star hit 154 homers, banged 350 extra-base hits with collected 562 RBI in nine seasons in Boston. He ranked fourth in the league with a .303 average for the Impossible Dream Red Sox of 1967.
When he took over as manager on July 14, 1988, Joe Morgan led the Red Sox to wins in 12 straight and 19 of 20 to move into first place. The Sox won the A.L. East Division that year and again in 1990. Morgan was named A.L. Manager of the Year in 1988. His Red Sox affiliation began in 1974 as manager of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, who he led to an 80-60, first-place finish in 1977.
In his first year as manager in 1967, Dick Williams, the youngest manager in the A.L. and second youngest in the majors at 37, led the Red Sox to a 92-70 finish, the A.L. pennant and the seventh game of the World Series. The team had finished 72-90 in ninth place in 1966. He was named 1967 A.L. Manager of the Year. As a Red Sox player in 1963-64 he was the team’s top pinch hitter.
Dick Bresciani, the Red Sox’ vice president/publications and archives joined the organization in May of 1972 as assistant public relations director. He moved up to Director of PR in 1984 and has been a Vice President since 1987. He was named the 1997 winner of the Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence in Major League Baseball. Under his coordination the Red Sox instituted a formal retiring of numbers policy in 1984, the annual national Tony Conigliaro Award in 1990 and the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1995.
The Hall of Fame selection committee: Red Sox broadcasters Joe Castiglione and Jerry Trupiano; Sean McAdam, Chaz Scoggins and Bill Ballou, representing the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America; Dick Johnson from the Sports Museum of New England; baseball historian Ed Walton (who passed away November 14, 2005); Cheri Giffin and George Berardi of the BoSox Booster Club; retired Boston baseball writer Joe Giuliotti; Seamus Kearney from the Boston chapter of SABR; fan representative Dick Flavin; and Red Sox executives Lou Gorman and Dick Bresciani. Information regarding tickets for the 2006 Red Sox Hall of Fame Dinner will be announced in the spring.
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