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WADE BOGGS: HALL OF FAMER

1959

At 18 months, Wade Boggs swings and misses for one of the few times in his life. He does, however, show off an uncannily level swing and good extension.

1969

A new Tampa resident at 11, Boggs models his Buick Wildcats uniform from the Bayshore Little League.

1976

Boggs has yet to fill out as a senior at Plant High, but his natural hitting ability made him a seventh-round pick by the Red Sox.

1989

By 1989, Wade Boggs is getting 200 hits annually: This was his seventh straight season over that threshold, and he added a career-high 51 doubles (tops in the AL) and 107 walks.

1996

After achieving one of his career goals _ winning a world championship _ Wade Boggs gets a ride on a police horse at Yankee Stadium. Boggs helped New York rally from 2-0 to beat the Braves in six.

1999

Wade Boggs takes a hack in his second and final season with his hometown Devil Rays. Boggs batted .301 in his farewell tour to top .300 for the 15th time in his 18 major-league seasons.

2000

Boggs greets the crowd as his uniform number is retired before the Rays' home opener.

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