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Boggs gets key to his home county

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 3, 2005

TAMPA - Baseball great Wade Boggs got a key to the county Wednesday from Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair, who called Boggs "a real life hero."

The honor came during a Hillsborough County Commission meeting.

Blair praised Boggs' athletic prowess and his commitment to charitable works and young people.

The Tampa resident spent 11 of his 18 seasons in Boston and won all five of his batting titles there. He won his only World Series with the Yankees in 1996 and came home to finish his career with the Devil Rays.

Boggs had already accepted a key from the city of Tampa.

He offered encouragement to young people following in his footsteps.

"Dreams can come true," he said. "So for all you 10-, 11-, and 12-year-olds, shoot for the stars."

[Last modified March 3, 2005, 01:00:10]

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