Power-hitting Red Sox outfielder Jim Rice, in his 15th and final time on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday.
He will be inducted into the Hall July 26 at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Rice spent his entire 16-year big league career with Boston. The 1978 American League Most Valuable Player finished in the top five of the AL MVP voting five other times. He led the American League in homers three times, hit .300-or-better seven times and was selected to eight All-Star Games. He is the only player in history to post three straight seasons of 35-plus home runs and 200-plus hits. He finished his career with a .298 batting average, 382 home runs and 1,451 RBIs.
Rice received seven votes more than the minimum needed for election.
He was the first ball player, along with Thurman Munson, that I really remember following and liking. This makes me happy.