Curt Schilling Headlines Red Sox Hall of Fame Class of 2012

By Sam Feeley

Curt Schilling, whose heroic performance in the “Bloody Sock Game” of the 2004 American League Championship Series helped the Red Sox on their way to their first World Series title in 86 years, will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame as part of a 2012 class that also includes outfielder Ellis Burks and second baseman Marty Barrett.

Schilling, who recorded 53 of his 216 career victories in four seasons with the Red Sox from 2004 to 2007, pitched game 6 of the ALCS on a torn tendon sheath in his right ankle, causing blood to seep through his sock. Despite the injury, he allowed one run and four hits in seven innings while striking out four batters to force a seventh and deciding game, which the Red Sox won to become the first team in MLB history to win a seven-game series after losing the first three games.

Burks, who played for the Red Sox from 1987 to 1992 and again in 2004, hit 98 home runs and drove in 388 runs in his time with the club. In 1990, his best season with the Red Sox, he batted .296 with 21 home runs and 89 RBIs, helping lead the club to the AL East Division title. That same year, he finished 13th in MVP voting, won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger, and was named to his first All-Star team.

Barrett was the second baseman on the 1986 squad that came one strike away from snapping the Curse of the Bambino, and was the Most Valuable Player of the 1986 ALCS against the California Angels. He batted .278 in 929 games with the Red Sox from 1982 to 1990.

The other players to be inducted are pitchers Joe Dobson and Hubert “Dutch” Leonard. Non-player inductees in this year’s class are former owner John I. Taylor and Fenway Park groundskeeper Joe Mooney.

The induction ceremony will take place before the August 3 game against the Minnesota Twins.

You May Also Like