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Wade Boggs won't be officially inducted until July 31, but he already is well represented in Cooperstown. Among Boggs items in the Hall collection:
+ Red Sox jersey from 1984 season
+ Bat from 1985 season when he set AL records with 187 singles and hits in 135 games
+ Red Sox cap, bat and batting gloves from 1987 season
+ Bat from 1988 season, his sixth straight of 200-plus hits
+ Bat from 1989 All-Star Game
+ Bat and batting gloves from 200th hit of 1989 season
+ Bat from first homer in Devil Rays history, March 31, 1998
+ Rays jersey, cap, spikes, batting gloves, lineup cards and tickets from Aug. 7, 1999, game when he got 3,000th hit
Wade Boggs has lived in Tampa since 1969, but is considered a native of Omaha, Neb. Only three Floridians have been inducted into the Hall:
+ Steve Carlton - Miami native, who was known as much for sparring with the media as striking out hitters, was elected in 1994 with an impressive 95.82 percent of the BBWAA vote.
+ John Henry "Pop" Lloyd - Palatka native, who was considered the finest shortstop in Negro League history and also managed, was elected by Negro Leagues committee in 1977.
+ Al Lopez - Tampa native, who caught 1,918 games and then had a .581 winning percentage over 17 seasons with the Indians and White Sox, was elected as a manager by the veterans committee in 1977.
Expect Wade Boggs to cap his career representing the Red Sox.
Hall of Fame officials decided three years ago they would start deciding which team's cap is depicted on the inductee's plaque, basing their selection on a historical perspective.
So while Boggs won a World Series in New York and joined the 3,000-hit club in Tampa Bay, it is his 11 seasons in Boston that, by Hall standards, he will be most remembered for.
"The decision is made with great historical integrity so 30, 40, 50 years from now visitors to Cooperstown would realize the logo selection made sense," said Hall vice president Jeff Idelson. "We're a history museum. The bottom line is that the logo should be emblematic of where the player's career was best defined."
Boggs may be featured in a Red Sox cap on the plaque, but the Yankees and Devil Rays will be included in the text. Boggs said that he had no problem with the process.
"Like I've always said, they could put me in in my Little League hat," he said.
Wade Boggs was known for how much time and effort he put into the game.
Turns out, he has some of the game in him.
Boggs said Tuesday he is a blood relative _ seventh cousins of his maternal grandmother _ of Abner Doubleday, who is credited with inventing baseball.
"About 10 years ago, my sister went to a genealogist who went back ... to see how far our family tree went back, and she found that we were blood related on my grandmother's side," Boggs said. "That was kind of neat to see, that someone who had an influence in baseball actually had an influence on me having that as an occupation."
_ MARC TOPKIN, Times staff writer
In 2,439 career games, Boggs
Reached base safely in:
1960 _ 80.4 percent
Had a hit in:
1742 _ 71.4 percent
Had more than one hit in:
884 _ 36.2 percent
Struck out in:
639 _ 26.2 percent
Struck out more than once:
80 _ 3 percent
Struck out more than twice:
12 _ .5 percent
No. Date Pitcher Opponent
1 4/26/82 Rich Dotson White Sox
500 9/9/84 Mike Armstrong Yankees
1000 4/30/87 Scott Bankhead Mariners
1500 7/21/89 Melido Perez Yankees
2000 5/17/92 Mark Langston Angels
2500 8/23/95 Don Wengert A's
3000 8/7/99 Chris Haney Indians
3010 8/26/99 Sean Lowe White Sox