The Red Sox employ a rather strict policy related to the retirement of uniform numbers; to be considered, you need first to have played a minimum of ten years with the team and you must also be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
To date, only one person has received this honor who has not met these criteria; Johnny Pesky, whose number 6 was retired in 2008, was recognized for more than 60 years of nearly uninterrupted time with the franchise as a player, a manager, coach, and instructor.
There is also one player who meets these criteria but whose number is absent from the façade in right field: former third baseman Wade Boggs.
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Born: 9 September 1988 in Greenville, TX
Drafted in 2007 by the Boston Red Sox
Fun Fact: With at least one extra base hit in each of his first five games with the Red Sox, Middlebrooks, a participant in the 2011 All-Star Futures game, now shares the MLB record with legendary Hall of Fame player Enos "Country" Slaughter. ...more on Will Middlebrooks.
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Years with Boston: 1995-2011
Fun Fact: Known for his knuckleball pitcher, which usually fell between 64 and 68 miles per hour, Wakefield is second all-time in franchise history in wins (186) and strikeouts (2046) and first in games started (430) and innings pitched (3006.0). ...more on Tim Wakefield.
This Week in Red Sox History
10 March 2010 - Former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra signs a ceremonial one-day contract with Boston and uses the occasion to announce his retirement, which ends a 14-year major league career. He then proceeds to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Jason Varitek, who was teammates with Garciaparra at both Georgia Tech and Boston.
11 March 2002 - Less than a month before the season is set to begin, the Red Sox replace interim coach Mike Cubbage with Grady Little.
12 March 1980 - Owner Tom Yawkey becomes the first person elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame who had never been a player, a manager, or a general manager.
13 March 1938 - Ted Williams dons a Red Sox uniform for the first time in an exhibition game, playing right field and batting third in a 6-2 exhibition loss to Cincinnati in Sarasota, FL; Williams is hitless in four at-bats.
14 March 2006 - Manager Terry Francona agrees to a two-year contract extension with Boston. Francona is the first manager to lead a Red Sox team to a World Championship since Bill Carrigan in 1918, having won it all with the club in 2004.
15 March 2000 - In spring training action, Red Sox star Pedro Martinez and five relievers combined on a perfect exhibition game beating the Blue Jays, 5-0.
Fenway Park Feature - Monster Seats
Fun Fact: The first player to hit a home run into the Monster Seats was former outfielder Manny Ramirez, who hit a solo shot on an 0-2 count off Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher Steve Parris on 16 April 2003. ...more on the Monster Seats.