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Tears flow as Wade Boggs watches a video retrospective of his career Sunday at Tropicana Field. [Times photo: Mike Heffner]
Wade Boggs Day
Williams tips cap to Boggs

ST. PETERSBURG -- On a batman Sunday, Wade Boggs was the second-greatest stick at Tropicana Field. "You don't get 3,000 hits in this game, buddy, without being one hell of a hitter," said 80-year-old Ted Williams, baseball's king of swing. "I am really happy to be here. Boggs earned my applause."

Boggs makes Rays' day
On the day he is honored by Tampa Bay's fans, baseball's newest member of the 3,000-hit club starts the winning rally in a 2-1 victory over the Royals.

Boggs' 'storybook script' comes to memorable end
ST. PETERSBURG -- He's had some experience with this sort of thing, so Wade Boggs knew precisely what to do. Thus, when the moment was right, he closed his eyes and let the tears roll.


  • Wade Boggs reaches 3,000 in grand fashion, becoming the first to make the milestone a home run. Story
  • From on-field to miles away, Boggs' family treasures the chaos surrounding the milestone hit. Story
  • With a dramatic home run, Wade Boggs becomes only the 22nd player in baseball history to get 3,000 hits. Story
  • They often say that numbers do not measure the man. They, of course, do not have 3,000 hits. Story
  • Future Hall of Famer remains loyal to the community where he spent much of his youth. Story
  • The Red Sox showed little faith in a minor-leaguer named Wade Boggs, whose hard work has him on the verge of a hitter's greatest milestone. Story
  • The paying customers were not the only ones hoping Wade Boggs would reach 3,000 hits early in the homestand. Story

Aim high, miss Wade, sit down, drink beer
Oh, the pressure.

How to make 3,000 perfect
The perfect day would be Sunday. The perfect place will be here. [8/5]

Not your average victory
Boggs, McGriff get hits then get hurt, though neither injury is serious. Oh, Rays win 7-1.

Boggs won't let 3,000 signal end
SEATTLE -- There has been tremendous focus on reaching 3,000 hits, but Wade Boggs reiterated Wednesday that he does not consider the milestone a stop sign to his career.

Boggs gets a hit, but Devil Rays look lost again
Wade Boggs’ chase toward 3,000 provided a rare bright spot in 5-2 loss at Seattle. [8/4]

1 hit for Boggs as Seattle blanks Rays
Mariners triumph 4-0 over Tampa Bay in a one-sided battle of rookie right-handers. [8/3]

Boggs puts pedal to 3,000 chase
Entering Wednesday night's game, Wade Boggs had four hits in his past 10 games. [7/29/99]

Countdown to 3,000: Will it stop at Trop?
Whether it's a single through the middle, a liner to the gap or -- as would be most appropriate -- a double to left, Wade Boggs' 3,000th hit is going to be the crowning moment of this Devil Rays season. [7/25/99]

Boggs not fretting the details of 3,000
With 43 hits to go, the third baseman says, "I want to walk to the plate at 2,999 and just let everything fall where it may." [6/18/99]

Help Boggs pursue milestone
As Wade Boggs chases 3,000 hits, incumbent starter Bobby Smith shows restraint and respect for the veteran by waiting his turn to play. [4/30/99]

Clearly, Boggs likes his outlook
ST. PETERSBURG -- Wade Boggs has 3,000 hits in his sights this season, and he is going to see the milestone coming in sharper focus. [2/23/99]

Boggs to chase 3,000 as a Ray
Tampa Bay picks up the veteran's option for 1999 and adds one for 2000 in case he falls short of the hits milestone. [10/31/98]

Boggs delivers hit for the ages
For the longest of moments, he stood still as a photograph, as if to allow history to take a good look. [7/28/98]

Boggs furious about first career ejection
A called third strike made Wade Boggs angry Saturday night. The ejection that followed made him livid. [6/8/98]

Like the majors, Boggs expands in off-season
It doesn't mean he's necessarily going to challenge Fred McGriff for the team home run lead, but 3B Wade Boggs reported to camp pumped up. [2/24/98]

Boggs: No rush to retire
Wade Boggs may be coming home to end his career with the Devil Rays, but don't get the idea he's in a hurry to finish. [2/18/98]

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