Interesting tidbits! Do you know how many Red Sox players have worn the number 21 since Clemens left bound for Toronoto? Exactly none! Boggs, another story, a total of 12 different players have donned his number 26 since his departure to New York following the “92” season. However even more interesting than that is that following the 2004 miracle year nobody wore the number 26 until this season when Scott Podsednik broke it out! I wonder, were the Red Sox considering some form of number reconciliation with the Hall of Famer? And if so, how and why did it break down? Just wondering! As for “45”? In a late July eve in the not to distant future Pedro will take his rightful place up on that venerable facade!
The Red Sox have, what could best be described as, a two tier system of recognizing the immortals who have called Fenway Park their home. The top-tier is the retired numbers. These are the creme de la creme, the pièce de résistance and they are honored on Fenway’s venerable right field facade…..
and on the outside wall on Van Ness Street as well.
They hang in numerical order, however the order in which they were retired reads 9, 4, 1, 8, 27, 6 and 14. The blue number 42 is Jackie Robinson’s number which is retired throughout all of Major League Baseball.
Ted Williams and Joe Cronin’s numbers were retired together on a rainy night in May of 1984. Ted addressed the crowd from a podium set up on the field and a very ill Joe Cronin was on hand but remained in a box upstairs. He passed away before the end of the season.
Ted (9) played 19…
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