Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame

The Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame was instituted in 1995 to recognize the careers of former Boston Red Sox baseball players. A 15-member selection committee of Red Sox broadcasters and executives, past and present media personnel, and representatives from The Sports Museum of New England and the BoSox Club are responsible for nominating candidates.[1]

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Criteria

The criteria for selection into the Hall is as follows:

  • Player to be eligible for nomination must have played a minimum of three years with the Boston Red Sox and must also have been out of uniform as an active player a minimum of three years.
  • Non-uniformed honorees such as broadcasters and front office execs are inducted by a unanimous vote of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame selection committee. The memorable moment will be chosen by the committee as well.
  • Former Boston Red Sox players and personnel in the National Baseball Hall of Fame (NBHOF) in Cooperstown, New York will be automatically enshrined in the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.[1]

Inductees

The following are members of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, by virtue of prior induction to the NBHOF:

The following were inducted in ceremonies held on:

Key
Year Year inducted
Bold Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
dagger
Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame as a Red Sox
Bold Recipient of the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award
Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame
Year No. Name Position(s) Tenure
1995 Eddie Collins

Formally Inducted in 2006

GM 1933–1947
Jimmy CollinsdaggerFormally Inducted in 2004 3B
Manager
1901–1907
1901–1906
25 Tony Conigliaro RF 1964–1967
1969–1970, 1975
4, 6 Joe Cronindagger SS
Manager
1935–1945
1935–1947
7 Dom DiMaggio CF 1940–1942
1946–1953
1, 9 Bobby Doerrdagger 2B 1937–1944
1946–1951
2, 7, 9 Rick Ferrelldagger C 1933–1937
3 Jimmie FoxxdaggerFormally inducted in 1997 1B 1936–1942
Harry HooperdaggerFormally inducted in 1997 RF 1909–1920
11, 43 Frank Malzone 3B 1955–1965
17 Herb Pennockdagger P 1915–1917
1919–1922, 1934
6 Johnny Pesky SS/3B
Manager
1942, 1946–1952
1963–1964, 1980
14 Jim Ricedagger LF/DH 1974–1989
Red Ruffing P 1924–1930
Babe Ruth OF/P 1914–1919
Tris Speaker

Formally inducted in 2000

CF 1907–1915
9 Ted Williamsdagger LF 1939–1942
1946–1960
Smoky Joe Wood P/OF 1908–1915
8 Carl Yastrzemskidagger LF/1B 1961–1983
Jean R. Yawkey Owner 1976–1992
Tom Yawkey Owner 1933–1976
Cy Young

Formally inducted in 1997

P
Manager
1901–1908
1907
Moment:

4/29/1986

Roger Clemens First 20 Strikeout performance vs. the Seattle Mariners
1997 27, 40 Carlton Fiskdagger C 1969, 1971–1980
Dick O'Connell Executive 1961–1977
17 Mel Parnell P 1947–1956
6, 38 Rico Petrocelli SS/3B 1963, 1965–1976
17 Dick Radatz P 1962–1966
23 Luis Tiant P 1971–1978
Moment:

10/21/1975

Carlton Fisk Game Winning Home Run in the bottom of the 12th vs the Cincinnati Reds to win Game 6 of the 1975 World Series
2000 Ken Coleman Broadcaster 1965–1974
1979–1989
24, 40 Dwight Evans RF 1972–1990
Larry Gardner 3B 1908–1917
Curt Gowdydagger Broadcaster 1951–1965
4, 30 Jackie Jensen RF 1954–1959, 1961
Ned Martin Broadcaster 1961–1992
27 Bill Monbouquette P 1958–1965
7, 41 Reggie Smith RF/CF 1966–1973
46 Bob Stanley P 1977–1989
Moment:

10/12/1986

Dave Henderson Top of the 9th inning Home Run to tie take the lead, and driving in winning run sac fly in the 11th vs the California Angels in Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS
2002 7 Rick Burleson SS 1974–1980
33, 38 Boo Ferriss P 1945–1950
Lou Gorman GM 1984–1993
Lefty Grove

dagger

P 1934-1941
John Harrington CEO 1992–1999
15, 21, 29 Tex Hughson P 1941–1944
1946–1949
Duffy Lewis LF 1910–1917
16 Jim Lonborg P 1965–1971
19 Fred Lynn CF 1974–1980
Moment:

6/26/1962

Earl Wilson No-Hitter vs the Los Angeles Angels
2004 26 Wade Boggsdagger 3B 1982–1992
Bill Carrigan C
Manager
1906, 1908–1916
1913–1916
1927–1929
43 Dennis Eckersley P 1978–1984, 1998
10, 28 Billy Goodman IF 1947–1957
47 Bruce Hurst P 1980–1988
Ben Mondor Pawtucket Red Sox owner 1977–2010
3 Pete Runnels IF
Manager
1958–1962
1966
16, 30, 41 Haywood Sullivan C
General Partner
1955, 1957, 1959–1960
1978–1993
Moment:

10/21/1975

Bernie Carbo Game tying three-run home run in the 8th inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series vs the Cincinnati Reds
2006 Dick Bresciani Executive 1972–2014
16 Ellis Kinder P 1948–1955
35 Joe Morgan Coach
Manager
1985–1988
1988–1991
2 Jerry Remy 2B
Broadcaster
1978–1984
1988–present
5, 15, 39 George Scott 1B 1966–1971
1977–1979
5 Vern Stephens SS 1948–1952
16 Dick Williams OF/3B
Manager
1963–1964
1967–1969
Moment: 10/17/2004 Dave Roberts Pinch-run stolen base to start bottom of the 9th inning rally in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS vs the New York Yankees
2008 George Digby Scout 1944–2009
12 Wes Ferrell P 1934–1937
37, 39 Mike Greenwell LF 1985–1996
Edward Kenney, Sr. Executive 1948–1991
37 Bill Lee P 1969–1978
Everett Scott SS 1914–1921
18, 30 Frank Sullivan P 1953–1960
42 Mo Vaughn 1B 1991–1998
Moment:

9/28/1960

Ted Williams Hits a home run in final major league at-bat vs the Baltimore Orioles
Moment:

10/19/2004

Curt Schilling "Bloody Sock" Performance in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS vs the New York Yankees
2010 4 Tommy Harper OF/3B 1972–1974
2, 12 Eddie Kasko SS/3B
Manager
1966
1970–1973
2, 24, 26, 34, 37 Jimmy Piersall CF 1950, 1952–1958
13 John Valentin SS/3B 1992–2001
23, 34 Don Zimmer Coach
Manager
1974–1976, 1992
1976–1980
Moment: 10/3/1990 Tom Brunansky Game winning catch in AL East Division Clinching win vs the Chicago White Sox
2012 17 Marty Barrett 2B 1982–1990
12, 25 Ellis Burks OF 1987–1992, 2004
15, 17, 19, 32 Joe Dobson P 1941–1943
1946–1950, 1954
Dutch Leonard P 1913–1918
Joe Mooney Groundskeeper 1971–2000
38 Curt Schilling P 2004–2007
John I. Taylor Owner 1904–1911
Moment: 10/1/1967 1967 Boston Red Sox season Impossible Dream Season's American League clinching victory vs the Minnesota Twins
2014 Joe Castiglione Broadcaster 1983–present
21 Roger Clemens P 1984–1996
5 Nomar Garciaparra SS 1996–2004
45 Pedro Martínezdagger P 1998–2004
Moment: 9/10/1999 Pedro Martínez 1-hit, 17 strikeout winning performance vs the New York Yankees
2016 Ira Flagstead OF 1923–1929
Larry Lucchino Executive 2001–2015
33, 47 Jason Varitek C 1997–2011
49 Tim Wakefield P 1995–2011
Moment:

10/13/2013

David Ortiz Bottom of the 8th Grand Slam to tie the game in Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS vs the Detroit Tigers
2018 Buck Freeman RF 1901–1907
Al Green Fenway Park Guest Relations 1973–present
32, 43 Derek Lowe P 1997–2004
25 Mike Lowell 3B 2006–2010
20 Kevin Youkilis 1B/3B 2004–2012
Moment:

7/21/1959

Pumpsie Green Debuts as the first African-American Red Sox player

See also

Sources

  1. ^ a b History: Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. Major League Baseball website. Retrieved on December 1, 2017.

External links

Ben Mondor

Bernard Georges "Ben" Omer Mondor (March 26, 1925 – October 3, 2010) was a Canadian-born American baseball executive.

Mondor was born on March 26, 1925 in St-Ignace-du-Lac, Maskinongé, Quebec, son of Rosario Mondor and Opalma Brault. The village he was born in disappeared under water in 1931 with the construction of the Taureau Reservoir on the Matawin River. He bought the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple-A International League affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, out of bankruptcy in 1977, and turned it into one of the model franchises in the minors. He was a two-time winner of the International League Executive of the Year award (1978, 1999). In 1982 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Rhode Island College. He was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2004, and given an honorary day at Fenway Park on May 30 of that year. Mondor was elected to the International League Hall of Fame in 2008. He died on October 3, 2010 in Warwick Neck, Rhode Island.

Billy Goodman

William Dale Goodman (March 22, 1926 – October 1, 1984) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) infielder who played sixteen seasons for the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, and Houston Colt .45s, from 1947 through 1962. Goodman was inducted posthumously into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in November 2004.Goodman was an outstanding hitter and fielder, he was one of the most versatile players of his era. He played every position in the major leagues except catcher and pitcher and was an All-Star for two seasons. In 1950, he won the American League (AL) batting title hitting .354 with 68 runs batted in (RBI) and was the AL Most Valuable Player runner-up to New York Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto (hit .324 with 66 RBI). Goodman batted over .290 in eleven seasons including over .300 in five seasons. In 1959, he hit .304, helping the White Sox win the AL Pennant championship. His career .376 on-base percentage made him an ideal lead-off hitter. He was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1969.

Dave Ferriss

David Meadow Ferriss (December 5, 1921 – November 24, 2016) was an American Major League Baseball player who pitched for the Boston Red Sox from 1945 through 1950. Ferriss was given the nickname 'Boo' as the result of a childhood inability to pronounce the word 'brother'.After Ferriss's MLB playing career was over, he returned to the Mississippi Delta for two stints as the head baseball coach at Delta State University where he retired as the school's all-time leader in wins with 639. In November 2002, he was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Edward F. Kenney Sr.

Edward F. Kenney Sr. (1921–2006) was an American professional baseball executive.

A native of Massachusetts, Kenney was born in Medford and raised in Winchester where he captained the high school baseball team. He later spent three years as the starting shortstop for the Boston College, where he graduated in 1943 and enlisted in the United States Army. At the conclusion of World War II, he was signed by Hugh Duffy, a Boston Red Sox scout and former manager, who converted him to a pitcher. Kenney joined the Boston organization as a prospect in 1946, but his pitching career was curtailed prematurely by arm problems. During the Red Sox drive to the American League pennant that season, he worked in the club's ticket office.In 1948, Kenney joined the Red Sox Minor League department. One year later became assistant farm director to Johnny Murphy and later to Neil Mahoney. That department was divided into two sections in 1968, and Kenney became director of minor league operations until 1978, when was promoted to vice president. From 1989 until his 1991 retirement, Kenney served as vice president of baseball development.In his 43-year tenure with the Red Sox organization, Kenney contributed to develop a significant number of outstanding players such as Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, Dwight Evans, Carlton Fisk, Bruce Hurst, Fred Lynn and Jim Rice.

His father, Thomas Kenney, worked as an assistant for Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey for several years beginning in 1934, while his son, Edward Kenney, Jr., worked in baseball operations for both the Red Sox and Orioles.Kenney died on October 25, 2006 in Braintree, Massachusetts at the age of 85, due to complications related to diabetes.

In 2008, Kenney was selected for induction into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Everett Scott

Lewis Everett Scott (November 19, 1892 – November 2, 1960), nicknamed "Deacon", was an American professional baseball player. A shortstop, Scott played in Major League Baseball for 12 seasons as a member of the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds, from 1914 through 1926. Scott batted and threw right-handed.

Scott served as captain of both the Red Sox and Yankees, who have become fierce rivals. He compiled a lifetime batting average of .249, hitting 20 home runs with 551 runs batted in in 1,654 games. He led American League shortstops in fielding percentage seven straight seasons (1916–22) and appeared in 1,307 consecutive games from June 20, 1916, through May 6, 1925, setting a record later broken by Lou Gehrig. As of 2017, it is still the third-longest streak in history.

After retiring from baseball, Scott became a professional bowler and owned bowling alleys. He died in Fort Wayne, Indiana, at the age of 67. He was posthumously inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame and Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Frank Malzone

Frank James Malzone (February 28, 1930 – December 29, 2015) was a Major League Baseball third baseman who played for the Boston Red Sox (1955–65) and California Angels (1966).

Frank Sullivan (baseball)

Franklin Leal Sullivan (January 23, 1930 – January 19, 2016), was an American professional baseball right-handed pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and Minnesota Twins over parts of eleven seasons, spanning 1953–1963. Sullivan was named to the American League (AL) All-Star team, in 1955 and 1956, and was elected to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, in 2008.

Sullivan was one of the tallest pitchers of his time, standing 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall. After the 1960 season, the Red Sox traded him to the Phillies for another towering right-hander, 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)-tall Gene Conley. Coincidentally, Conley had been the winning pitcher and Sullivan the loser of the 1955 All-Star Game. A walk-off home run by Stan Musial on the first pitch from Sullivan in the bottom of the 12th inning brought the midsummer classic to an abrupt end. Sullivan had entered the game with two men out in the eighth and had held the National League (NL) scoreless for 3​1⁄3 innings prior to Musial’s clout.

In 1955, Sullivan topped the AL with 260 innings pitched and tied with Whitey Ford for the most wins (18). For his career, he posted a 97–100 win–loss record, with a 3.60 earned run average (ERA), in 351 pitching appearances. He dropped 18 of his 21 National League decisions as a member of the Phillies, but went 94–82 in the American League. Overall, Sullivan permitted 1,702 hits and 559 bases on balls in 1,732 MLB innings pitched. He struck out 959.

In September 2008, Sullivan published a memoir entitled, Life Is More Than 9 Innings.

He was one of the subjects of the 1957 Norman Rockwell painting The Rookie.Sullivan died in Lihue, Hawaii, from pneumonia on January 19, 2016 at the age of 85.

Fred Lynn

Fredric Michael Lynn (born February 3, 1952) is an American former professional baseball player who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1974 through 1990 as a center fielder with the Boston Red Sox, California Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers and San Diego Padres. He is best known for being the first player to win MLB's Rookie of the Year Award and Most Valuable Player Award in the same year, which he accomplished in 1975 with the Red Sox.

Lynn was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2002 and to the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

George Digby (baseball scout)

George J. Digby (August 31, 1917 – May 2, 2014) was an American baseball scout and consultant in Major League Baseball.

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Digby started his professional career in 1944. He was coaching high school baseball in his homeland when a Boston Red Sox executive came to sign his best pitcher, Dick Callahan.

Digby helped young Callahan drive a hard bargain. The Red Sox paid out and, on the way to the train, also offered Digby a job.After that, Digby worked in the Boston organization for more than 60 years, half a century as a scout, 14 more as a consultant. Throughout the years, he traveled the South looking raw talent for the Red Sox. Among his finds were Red Sox graduates Tom Bolton, Steve Curry, Mike Greenwell, Jody Reed and Marc Sullivan. But Digby put great emphasis on signing future Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, after the Red Sox had reports that questioned Boggs' ability to be a Major League player, as he fought hard to convince the team that should draft the young man with the smooth swing. Finally, in 1976 Digby drafted Boggs in the seventh round and signed him for $7,500 and a college scholarship. In 1999, Digby saw Boggs belt a home run for his 3,000th career-hit, to become the first player in Major League history to enter the 3,000 hit club by hitting a home run. Boggs had invited Digby, all expenses paid.In 1948, one year after Jackie Robinson broke the baseball barrier in the Majors, the Birmingham Barons of the Southern Association were an affiliate team of the Red Sox who played at Rickwood Field in Alabama. The Barons, an all-white squad, shared the same field with the Birmingham Black Barons, an all-black team of the Negro leagues. At that time Digby spotted Willie Mays, by then a 17-year-old outfielder. Boston signed the Barons' player/manager Lorenzo ″Piper″ Davis for $15,000.Digby has served as role model, inspiration, catalyst and friend for many young scouts. The George Digby Award was created by the Red Sox in honour of Digby, to recognize annually the scout that has provided outstanding services for the organization.

In 2008 Digby was selected for induction into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, becoming the first scout to gain the honors. Digby is also in the Florida Scouts Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2000 and his plaque is near the press box at Tropicana Field. The plaque shows that he has signed 53 Major League players.

Digby died on May 2, 2014, aged 96.

Great Central League

The Great Central League was a short-lived baseball league of four teams that played baseball in the upper Midwest of the United States in 1994. The league and four teams were owned by Minneapolis-based strip club owner, Dick Jacobson, who previously attempted to purchase the Rochester Aces of the Northern League.In an effort to bring notoriety to the league, Jacobson signed Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame member George Scott as manager for the Minneapolis Millers. However his presence from the dugout did not help the team or league draw larger crowds to games. The league folded before holding a championship game because it was underfunded, use facilities ill-equipped for professional baseball, and was run by inexperienced management.

Jim Lonborg

James Reynold Lonborg (born April 16, 1942) is an American former professional baseball right-handed starting pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Boston Red Sox (1965–1971), Milwaukee Brewers (1972), and Philadelphia Phillies (1973–1979). Though nicknamed "Gentleman Jim", he was known for fearlessly pitching on the inside of the plate, throughout his fifteen-year career.

Born in Santa Maria, California, Lonborg graduated from Stanford University. On August 14, 1963, he was signed as an amateur free agent by the Red Sox.

Lonborg enjoyed his best year in the 1967 Carl Yastrzemski-led Red Sox's "Impossible Dream" season, when he led American League (AL) pitchers in wins (22), games started (39), and strikeouts (246). That year, the Red Sox were involved in a four-way race for the AL pennant with the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, and Chicago White Sox; the race was reduced to three teams after the White Sox lost a doubleheader to the Kansas City Athletics, on September 27. The Red Sox and Twins faced each other in the season's final series and entered the final day (October 1) tied for first place; the Tigers were half a game out of first and needed to sweep a doubleheader from the California Angels to force a playoff between the winner of the Red Sox–Twins game. Lonborg outdueled Twins ace Dean Chance in that finale, while the Tigers defeated the Angels in the first game but lost the second, putting the Red Sox in the World Series for the first time since 1946. In that World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Lonborg pitched game two, tossing what was only the fourth one-hitter in Series history and followed that up with another victory in game five by limiting the Cards to three hits. Called upon to pitch the seventh and deciding game with only 2 days' rest, he lasted 6 innings, but allowed 6 earned runs in a 7–2 loss. In addition, Lonborg received the 1967 Cy Young Award (becoming the first Red Sox pitcher so honored), played in the All-Star Game, and finished prominently in voting for the MLB Most Valuable Player (MVP) award (placing 6th in the voting, with teammate Yastrzemski winning the award).

In December 1967, Lonborg tore the ligaments in his left knee while skiing and his pitching career thereafter was marked by many injuries. He won only 27 games from 1968 through 1971 and was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers after the 1971 season. While Lonborg performed well for Milwaukee in 1972, the team traded him in October to the Phillies. He spent the next six and a half seasons with Philadelphia before his release, midway through the 1979 season.

Lonborg‘s MLB career statistical totals include: a 157–137 record, with 1,475 strikeouts, a 3.86 earned run average (ERA), 90 complete games, 15 shutouts, and 2,464.1 innings, in 425 games.

After retiring, Lonborg attended the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, and graduated in 1983. He worked as a general dentist in Hanover, Massachusetts until he retired in 2017. He is active in many nonprofit organizations, including Catholic Charities, Little League Baseball, and The Jimmy Fund. Lonborg currently lives in Scituate, Massachusetts.

Lonborg was selected to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, in 2002.

On the Boston-based sitcom Cheers, the photo of Sam Malone pitching is actually that of Lonborg. At times, Sam also wore Lonborg's number 16 BoSox jersey.

Joe Dobson

Joseph Gordon Dobson (January 20, 1917 – June 23, 1994) was an American professional baseball player, a right-handed pitcher who appeared in Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians (1939–40), Boston Red Sox (1941–43; 1946–50; 1954) and Chicago White Sox (1951–53).

Dobson was born in Durant, Oklahoma. At the age of nine, he lost his thumb and left forefinger playing with a dynamite cap, but it didn't keep him from reaching the Majors with the Indians. After two seasons in Cleveland he was sent to Boston.

An All-Star in 1948, Dobson enjoyed his best years with the Red Sox. Between 1941 and 1950 (excepting 1944–45, when he served in the United States Army during World War II), he won 106 games for the Red Sox.

In a 14-season career, Dobson compiled a 137–103 record with 992 strikeouts, a 3.62 ERA, 112 complete games, 22 shutouts, 18 saves, and 2,170 innings in 414 games pitched (273 as a starter).

In 2012, he was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Joe Dobson died in Jacksonville, Florida at the age of 77. He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Joe Mooney (groundskeeper)

Joe Mooney (born September 6, 1930) is a retired groundskeeper who worked for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB).Born in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, Mooney began his career as a youngster by serving as a clubhouse boy and assistant groundskeeper from 1948 through 1951 for the Double-A Scranton Red Sox. In the mid-1950s, he was groundskeeper for the Triple-A Louisville Colonels. In the late 1950s, he was groundskeeper for the Triple-A Minneapolis Millers.He went on to work at D.C. Stadium, later renamed RFK Stadium, during the time that Vince Lombardi coached the NFL's Washington Redskins and Ted Williams managed MLB's Washington Senators; Mooney was hired by the Senators in December 1960. In February 1969, someone stole home plate from RFK stadium, and a UPI photo showing Mooney and a security guard investigating the theft appeared in various newspapers.Mooney joined the Red Sox after the 1970 MLB season, upon recommendation by Williams to the team's owner, Tom Yawkey. Mooney became the head groundskeeper at Fenway Park and held that post for the next 31 years. In October 1975, he again appeared in various newspapers when Game 6 of the World Series had to be postponed three times, in consideration of rain and the condition of the field at Fenway Park.During his long stint with the Red Sox, Mooney became a legend at Fenway while contributing in different functions as Superintendent of Grounds, Park, and Maintenance. He was succeeded by Dave Mellor in January 2001. Mooney was given the title of Director of Grounds Emeritus, and was enshrined in the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2015, Mooney was inducted into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame.

Ken Coleman

Kenneth Robert "Ken" Coleman (April 22, 1925 – August 21, 2003) was an American radio and television sportscaster for more than four decades (from 1947 to 1989).

Coleman was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1925, the son of William (a salesman) and his wife Frances. The family subsequently moved to Dorchester, Massachusetts, and then to Quincy, Massachusetts, where he was raised. He graduated from North Quincy High School in 1943. While in high school, he was a pitcher on the North Quincy High School baseball team, and subsequently played in the semi-pro Park League. But he had dreams of being a sports broadcaster from the time he was a boy, when he enjoyed listening to the games on radio. After serving in the army, where he was a sergeant during World War II, He took oratory courses for one year at Curry College, and then broke into broadcasting in Rutland, Vermont in 1947, working for station WSYB. He called the play-by-play of the minor league Rutland Royals baseball team. He also was a newscaster and a deejay on the station. He then was hired at hometown team WJDA in Quincy MA, where he worked as a sports reporter until 1951; he then worked for a year at WNEB in Worcester. During this time, he was broadcasting Boston University football. He received critical praise for his college football play-by-play, which led to his big break: in 1952, he got the opportunity to broadcast for the NFL Cleveland Browns (1952–1965), calling play-by-play of every touchdown that Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown ever scored. He also began his MLB broadcasting career in Cleveland, calling Cleveland Indians games on television for ten seasons (1954–1963). In his first year with the Indians, Coleman called their record-setting 111-win season and their World Series loss to the New York Giants.

In 1966, Coleman was chosen to become a play-by-play announcer for the Boston Red Sox, replacing Curt Gowdy, who resigned after fifteen years of calling Red Sox games, to become a play-by-play announcer for NBC. Coleman joined a broadcast team that also included Ned Martin and Mel Parnell. He signed a three-year contract that paid him $40,000 per year. Coleman broadcast the 1967 World Series (which the Red Sox lost to the St. Louis Cardinals) for NBC television and radio. From 1975 to 1978 Coleman worked with the Cincinnati Reds' television crew.

Coleman broadcast college football for various teams, including Ohio State, Harvard, and BU. He was the play-by-play announcer for the 1968 Harvard-Yale football game, a game that will be forever be remembered for the incredible Harvard comeback from a 16-point deficit to tie Yale at 29-29. He also called NFL games for NBC in the early 1970s, and later in his career called Connecticut and Fairfield basketball games for Connecticut Public Television.

After the legendary radio combination of Ned Martin and Jim Woods were fired for failing to follow the dictates of sponsors following the 1978 season, Coleman returned to Boston in 1979. He broadcast the Red Sox' 1986 World Series loss to the New York Mets and two Red Sox ALCS (1986 and 1988). Coleman remained in the Red Sox radio booth until his retirement in 1989.

Additionally, he wrote books on sportscasting, was one of the founding fathers of the Red Sox Booster Club and the BoSox Club, and was intimately involved with the Jimmy Fund, which raises money for cancer research.

Coleman followed the routine of taking a swim in the Atlantic Ocean as often as he could through the late fall and into the earliest days of spring, until his death.

He was the father of the late Cleveland sports and newscaster Casey Coleman, who died in 2006 from pancreatic cancer.

Coleman was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame on May 18, 2000 at the age of 75. He died three years later, aged 78, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, from complications of bacterial meningitis.In 1972, Coleman, along with Dick Stockton rotated play-by-play duties for New England Patriots preseason with no color commentators.

List of Boston Red Sox award winners

This is a list of award winners and single-season leaderboards for the Boston Red Sox professional baseball team.

Lou Gorman

James Gerald "Lou" Gorman (February 18, 1929 – April 1, 2011) was an American baseball executive, and the former general manager of the Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. He spent more than three decades in baseball operations, as a general manager, assistant GM, farm system director or scouting director, and at the time of his death he was the Red Sox' executive consultant for public affairs with an emphasis on community projects. He also was the coordinator of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, to which he was inducted in 2002.

Luis Tiant

Luis Clemente Tiant Vega (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlwis ˈtjant]) (born November 23, 1940) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) right-handed starting pitcher. He pitched in MLB for 19 years, primarily for the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox.

Tiant compiled a 229–172 record with 2416 strikeouts, a 3.30 ERA, 187 complete games, and 49 shutouts in ​3486 1⁄3 innings. He was an All-Star for three seasons and 20-game winner for four seasons. He was the American League (AL) ERA leader in 1968 and 1972. He also was the AL leader in strikeouts for 9-innings in 1967 and the AL leader in shutouts in 1966, 1968, and 1974.

Tiant was considered for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum via voting of the Baseball Writers' Association of America from 1988 to 2002, and by era committees in 2011, 2014, and 2017, falling short of the required votes each time. He was inducted to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.

Mel Parnell

Melvin Lloyd Parnell (June 13, 1922 – March 20, 2012) was a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher.

Tex Hughson

Cecil Carlton Hughson, (February 9, 1916 – August 6, 1993), was a Major League Baseball starting pitcher who played his entire career in the American League with the Boston Red Sox (1941–44, 1946–49). He batted and threw right-handed.

A native of Kyle, Texas, Hughson played collegiately at the University of Texas at Austin. He was a successful and competitive major league pitcher who was not averse to throwing close to batters, changing speeds by mixing a hard fastball with an overhand curveball. At the height of his career, arm and shoulder injuries threatened permanent disability and hastened his retirement.

Hughson enjoyed his best season in 1942, posting a 22–6 record with a 2.59 ERA, and also leading the league in victories, strikeouts (113), complete games (22), innings pitched (281.0) and batters faced (1150). In 1943, he won 12 games with 114 strikeouts and a 2.64 ERA, and again led the league in complete games (20). He also had his best year batting, posting career highs in hits, runs, doubles, walks, batting average and RBI's. He led the league in winning percentage (18-5,.783) and WHIP (9.43), and also had a career-best ERA of 2.26.

After serving in the military in 1945, he won 20 games in 1946, led the league in walks per nine innings (1.65), set a career high in strikeouts with 172, and completed 21 of 35 starts. His several 1-0 shutouts led to an early pennant-clinching for the Red Sox. But he fell to 12 wins in 1947, and finished his career when only 33 after two seasons in relief.

In an eight-year career, he posted a 96–54 won-lost record with 693 strikeouts and a 2.94 ERA in 1375.2 innings. His control was good enough for an effective 1.86 strikeout-to-walk ratio (693-to-372). He was an American League All-Star for three consecutive years (1942–44).

After retirement from baseball, he joined his dad and uncle at Hughson Meat Company in San Marcos, Texas in the 1950s. Sometime in the 1990s, after the slaughter plant's closure, the 40 acres of land it had occupied were designated as greenspace and are now known as Ringtail Ridge Natural Area. The foundations of the plant and other artifacts can still be seen. He was one of the first in the United States to raise Charolois cattle. He served on the local school Board of Trustees in the 1950s where he was one who led the effort to integrate the public schools. In the 60's he developed part of his ranch into the Hughson Heights subdivision.

He died in San Marcos at age 77, and is buried in San Marcos Cemetery. He was enshrined in the University of Texas Hall of Honor in 1970', the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in November 2002.

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