On March 8, 1953 a future Boston Red Sox legend was born in Anderson, South Carolina and his name is James Edward Rice, better known as Jim Rice.
Rice was drafted by the Red Sox in the first round, 15th overall, of the 1971 amateur draft and made his debut, three-years later, on Aug. 19, 1974. The left fielder played in 2,089 games, over 16 seasons, all with the Red Sox.
During his career in beantown, Rice batted .298 with OBP of .352, 382 home runs, 1451 RBI and 58 stolen bases. His best season came during his American League MVP season in 1978, when he crushed 46 homers, batted in 139 runs, hit 15 triples and batted .315 from the plate, over 163 games.
Rice was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on his 15th and final time on the ballot, in 2009, receiving 76.4 percent of the vote. The Hall of Famer is an eight-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger and the 1978 AL MVP. Additionally, he lead the AL in HR three-times (1977, 1978, 1983) and in RBI twice (1978, 1983).
Rice made it to the Major League Baseball World Series twice, however was unable to capture a the trophy with the Red Sox over his career.
Following his retirement in 1989, Rice performed many duties in baseball, from roving batting coach to his current position as hitting instructor for the Red Sox. On July 28, 2009, his no. 14 was retired by the Red Sox and is hanging on the right field facade at Fenway Park.
Jim Ed, what some of his friends and teammates called him, was and is a fan favorite in the city of Boston, Mass.
Happy Birthday Jim Rice!