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Wade Boggs: Hall of Fame 2005

Numbers game

By Times Staff Writer
Published July 31, 2005

Here are five little-known Boggs stats as compiled by Chuck Waseleski, a 50-year-old executive with an engineering consulting firm in Millers Falls, Mass.:

* In 1985, Boggs hit .390 after the count went 0-and-2.

* During the 1985-86 seasons, he popped out to an infielder a total of seven times.

* In his first 1,000 at-bats, he had 352 hits. At the time, only three others had more: Joe Jackson (389), Chuck Klein (360) and Paul Waner (358).

* In 1986, he faced 3,059 pitches, swung 990 times and missed only 46 times.

* He has had two of the top nine seasons in history of hits plus walks: 339 in 1988 (214 hits plus 125 walks); and 336 in 1985 (240 plus 96). Babe Ruth leads with 375 (205 plus 170) in 1923.

CELEBRATE WITH BUNTING

Boggs took great pride in winning the 1981 International League batting crown with a .335 average, but it turns out he had some help. "Wade needed to go 1-for-1 to clinch the batting title," said Nationals coach Dave Huppert, who caught for Triple-A Rochester then. "He came up in the first and says to me, "How about I bunt it up the third-base line for a hit and then you guys pick me off first and I'm out of here?' I said, "Go for it.' The third baseman was back, he bunted it up the third-base line for a hit. Then we picked him off first and they took him out of the game."

[Last modified July 31, 2005, 01:33:10]


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