Schilling leads latest class of Red Sox HOF
Barrett, Burks among others set for induction in August
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The latest Red Sox Hall of Fame class was announced on Wednesday, and it will include pitcher Curt Schilling -- an instrumental part of the World Series championship teams of 2004 and '07.
Second baseman Marty Barrett, whose 1986 team came just one strike away from breaking the club's championship drought, will be another inductee. So will outfielder Ellis Burks, who broke in as a top prospect with the Sox in 1987 and played six seasons for the club before returning as a reserve on the '04 team.
Schilling is best known for his "bloody" sock performances in Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series and Game 2 of the 2004 World Series. But he also came up big in the '07 postseason, pitching a gem in Game 6 of the ALCS that helped cap Boston's comeback from 3-1 down against the Indians. He also beat the Rockies in Game 2 of the '07 World Series, in what proved to be the final start of his career. The big righty was a 21-game winner for Boston in '04, and went 53-29 in his four seasons with the club. In his career, Schilling was 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA in postseason play and helped three different franchises get to the World Series.
Schilling will be on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2013, results of which will be announced in January.
Barrett was the MVP of the '86 ALCS and also had a big World Series against the Mets.
Burks, who spent most of the '04 season on the disabled list, retired following that season after he experienced the joy of holding the World Series trophy and receiving a championship ring.
John I. Taylor, who owned the Sox from 1904-11, and helped create and name Fenway Park, will also be enshrined posthumously.
This year's class also includes right-handed pitcher Joe Dobson (1941-43, 1946-50, '54) and lefty Hubert "Dutch" Leonard (1913-18).
Joe Mooney, the longtime legendary groundskeeper at Fenway, will be another non-player to be inducted.
The entire class will be inducted during a luncheon at Fenway Park on Aug. 3, and there will be an on-field ceremony prior to that night's game against the Twins.
It is fitting that the Sox will play the Twins that night because the special moment that will be commemorated at this year's induction is the team's victory over Minnesota on the final day of the 1967 "Impossible Dream" season.
The Red Sox Hall of Fame selection committee of 16 members includes seven from the media, four club officials, two members of the BoSox Club, a representative of the Sports Museum of New England, the local Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) chapter and a fan/historian. The Red Sox Hall of Fame was created in 1995 and considers candidates for election every other year. There are now 81 members of the Red Sox Hall of Fame.