Curt Schilling among 2012 Red Sox Hall of Fame selections

BOSTON, MA – Curt Schilling, whose legendary bloody sock is synonymous with the historic 2004 World Championship, heads the 2012 class of inductees into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

John I. Taylor, who owned the Red Sox and conceived and named Fenway Park, will also be enshrined, posthumously, in ceremonies at Fenway Park August 3.

Joe Mooney, one of Fenway’s most colorful characters in a career that has spanned more than 50 years, will also be inducted for his care of the grounds.

Second baseman Marty Barrett (1982-90), CF Ellis Burks (1987-92, 2004), right-handed pitcher Joe Dobson (1941-43, ’46-’50, ’54), and left-handed pitcher Hubert “Dutch” Leonard (1913-18) comprise the player selections. 

Taylor was the club’s owner from 1904-11.

Mooney, a Fenway fixture since 1970, was Superintendent of Grounds, Park, and Maintenance (1970-2000) and is now Director of Grounds, Emeritus.

The selection committee chose the Red Sox’ 5-3 win over Minnesota on the final day of the 1967 season that brought about the “Impossible Dream” pennant, as the Memorable Moment.  The stars of that dramatic victory 45 years ago were also the club’s season-long standouts, Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Jim Lonborg and AL MVP and Major League Baseball’s last Triple Crown winner, left fielder Carl Yastrzemski.

Induction ceremonies will take place during a luncheon at Fenway Park with special ceremonies on the field before that night’s game against Minnesota.

Barrett was one of the best all-around second basemen in team history.  He was the American League Championship Series MVP in 1986 when the Red Sox rallied for three straight wins to defeat the California Angels and advance to the World Series.  He hit .367 in the ALCS and followed with a .433 average in the World Series.  He handled 79 chances without an error in 14 postseason games, set a then-single-season playoff record of 24 hits and tied the World Series record of 13 hits.  Marty was one of the toughest AL players to strike out and led the league in 1984.  He topped AL second basemen in fielding percentage in 1987 and double plays in 1985 and is in the top three all-time for the team in five defensive categories.  Barrett is the only known Red Sox player to have three hidden ball play outs.  He also played for the 1988 and 1990 Eastern Division Red Sox championship teams.

Combining speed with power and defense, Burks was among baseball’s best center fielders until injuries curtailed his stay in Boston.  In 733 Red Sox games, Ellis hit .280 with 95 stolen bases.  In 1990, he was named to the AL All-Star team, won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award.  In 1987, he became the first Red Sox rookie, fifth in Major League history, to hit 20 home runs (20) and steal 20 bases (27) in the same season.  He stole 20 or more bases his first three years, and in 1990, ranked in the top 10 in the AL in 9 offensive categories while leading the league’s center fielders with a .994 fielding percentage.  On August 27, 1990, he tied a Major League record with two home runs in one inning in Cleveland.

Dobson, who passed away in 1994, was a key member of the 1940s pitching staff.  He was 106-72 with a 3.57 ERA in 259 games despite losing his left thumb and forefinger in an accident as a youngster.  When the Red Sox won the 1946 pennant, Joe had a 13-7 record and won Game 5 of the World Series, a 6-3 complete-game four-hitter vs. St. Louis in Fenway Park.  In 1947, he led the staff with 18 wins and a 2.95 ERA en route to winning 13 or more games each season, 1946-50.  He is among the all-time Red Sox pitching leaders in five categories, including ninth in wins.

One of the best left-handed pitchers in team history, Leonard went 90-64 with a 2.13 ERA in 211 games (96 CG).  Dutch, who died in 1952, was 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in two World Series starts, and in 1914, recorded a 0.96 ERA, the lowest in modern Major League history.  He averaged 15 wins for the Red Sox, pitched two no-hitters and held opposing batters to a .179 average in 1914 and .208 in 1915, both best in the AL.  He still tops Red Sox left-handers with 25 career shutouts and a 2.13 ERA.

Schilling was a major reason the Red Sox won the 2004 and 2007 World Series titles.  In 2004, he led the American League with a 21-6 record, was second in the AL with a 3.26 ERA and was on the All-Star team.  He won ALCS Game 6 in New York (the “bloody sock” game) and World Series Game 2 vs. St. Louis in Fenway Park.  That postseason he was 3-1 in four starts.  In 2007, Curt was 3-0 in 4 postseason starts including the Game 3 ALDS series clincher in Anaheim.  He also won Game 6 of the ALCS vs. Cleveland and Game 2 of the World Series vs. Colorado.  Overall, Schilling was 6-1, 3.28 in eight Red Sox playoff starts.

Taylor took over team ownership in 1904 and the Americans (not yet the Red Sox) won their second AL pennant.  In December 1907, Taylor adopted the color red and changed the nickname of the Boston team to the Red Sox.  In late 1911, Taylor sold his interest in the team but retained ownership of the land and new ballpark.  He oversaw construction of Fenway Park, and the 1912 team went on to have a pennant-winning 105-47 record and defeated the New York Giants in a memorable World Series.  He is credited with giving Fenway Park its name due to its location in the Fenway section of Boston.

For 30 years, Mooney was Superintendent Grounds, Park and Maintenance after joining the Red Sox in 1970.  Joe has remained with the club as Director of Grounds, Emeritus.  He began his career as a youngster by serving as a clubhouse boy and assistant groundskeeper from 1948-51 for the Scranton Red Sox.  He moved up to the team’s Triple-A Louisville team from 1952-55 and stayed with the franchise when it became the San Francisco Seals from 1956-58 and the Minneapolis Millers from 1959-60.  In 1961, he joined the expansion Washington Senators and also worked for the NFL’s Washington Redskins through 1969.  During that decade, Vince Lombardi coached the Redskins and Ted Williams managed the Senators.

On October 1, 1967, the Red Sox rallied to beat Minnesota, 5-3, on the final day of the season to win the “Impossible Dream” pennant.  Lonborg won his 22nd game and beat out a bunt hit to start the winning five-run rally in the sixth inning.  Yaz went 4-for-4 including the game-tying, two-run single, and threw out a runner at second base to stifle the Twins last rally in the eighth inning.

The Red Sox Hall of Fame Selection Committee of 16 members comprises seven media and four club officials and two members of the BoSox Club, a representative from the Sports Museum of New England, the local SABR chapter and a fan/historian.  The Red Sox Hall of Fame was created in 1995 and considers candidates for election every other year.  This year’s class brings the number of Red Sox Hall of Famers to 81.