The Red Sox will celebrate "Homecoming Week" at Fenway Park, a seven-day stretch celebrating the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees, the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 American League Championship-winning team, and the retirement of Wade Boggs' number 26. Tickets are still available to all Homecoming Week games on redsox.com/tickets. MasterCard is the preferred card of the Boston Red Sox.
The 2016 Red Sox Hall of Fame inductees - Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, the late Ira Flagstead, and Red Sox President/CEO Emeritus Larry Lucchino - will be presented their Red Sox Hall of Fame plaques at a gala event taking place at the Sheraton Boston Hotel tonight, Thursday, May 19. The 2016 inductees will then be honored during pregame ceremonies before the Red Sox-Indians game Friday, May 20.
Five days later on Wednesday, May 25, close to 30 members of the 1986 Red Sox team will come together at Fenway Park to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the pennant-winning season. Led by American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens and American League batting champion Wade Boggs, the club won 95 games during the regular season before defeating the California Angels in the American League Championship Series.
The following night on Thursday, May 26, in ceremonies taking place before the Red Sox-Rockies game, the club will retire Wade Boggs's number 26. Boggs helped lead the Red Sox to three postseason berths, including the 1986 American League Championship. The Hall of Famer's .338 batting average with the Red Sox is second only to Ted Williams, and no one has ever played more games at third base in team history. He was an eight-time All-Star during his 11 seasons as Boston's third baseman from 1982-92, and during his Red Sox career, he led all major leaguers in batting average (.338), hits (2,098), doubles (422), on-base percentage (.428), and times reaching base safely (3,124), and also topped the American League in OPS (.890).
The number 26 will be the 10th on the right field facade of Fenway Park, joining Bobby Doerr's #1; Joe Cronin's #4; Johnny Pesky's #6; Carl Yastrzemski's #8; Ted Williams' #9; Jim Rice's #14; Carlton Fisk's #27; Pedro Martinez's #45, and Jackie Robinson's #42, which is retired throughout Major League Baseball.