Remy, Roberts in Red Sox Hall

Remy, Roberts in Red Sox Hall

BOSTON -- One former Red Sox player has become a broadcast icon for the club while another has become a symbol for arguably the greatest comeback in sports history.

Jerry Remy and Dave Roberts have their rightful place in Red Sox lore and now both will have their place in the club's Hall of Fame when the class of 2006 is enshrined Nov. 9 in Boston.

Roberts, acquired from the Dodgers on July 31, 2004, is being honored for his "Steal of the Century," the stolen base in the bottom of the ninth of Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series against the Yankees. Roberts is entering the club's Hall of Fame under the "Memorable Moment" category for the steal that gave the Red Sox new life in their eventual World Series title run.

"What's funny is that when I was in the middle of stealing the base, I thought I had it," Roberts said of his headfirst slide to beat the tag of Derek Jeter. "But as I look back at the highlight over and over, I didn't realize how close the play actually was. It seems like the more I watch it, the closer and closer it gets. So hopefully, [in] the next 10 or 20 years, I don't get called out at that point in time. It's just amazing how close the play was and I get chills every time I think about it."

Former Sox managers Dick Williams and Joe Morgan, George Scott, VP Dick Bresciani, pitcher Ellis Kinder and Vern Stephens will also be inducted in this year's class.

Remy, a Somerset, Mass., native, has become a fixture in millions of New England homes as the colorful and witty analyst on Red Sox telecasts since 1988. His big league career began in 1975 with the Angels, the team that drafted him.

"One thing about this Hall of Fame [induction] I'm very happy about is that my first Major League manager was Dick Williams," Remy said. "Going in with him is pretty special because I remember him with the '67 club and I was a teenager at that time. I was kind of in awe of him when I first met him in Spring Training as Major League manager. It wasn't easy playing for him, but when you look back on it, he taught me an awful lot about baseball. I'm looking forward to that."

Remy played second base for the Red Sox from 1978-84, with a .286 batting average in that span. He was acquired from the California Angels in December 1977. In his first season with Red Sox in 1978, Remy was selected to the AL All-Star team, scoring 87 runs and stealing 30 bases. He ranked 10th in the AL with a .307 batting average in 1981 before posting career highs of 89 runs and 187 hits in 1982.

He finished with a .275 career average and 208 stolen bases in 10 big league seasons with the Angels (1975-77) and Red Sox.

Without Williams, Remy says, he would not have been able to post such consistently productive numbers in the Majors.

"Quite frankly, he was the best manager I ever played for," Remy said. "In one year, he taught me more than anyone else did the rest of my career. He taught me how to be tough. He taught me how to play the game the right way. He was very demanding and I could never play for anyone tougher than he was after that, so it's kind of funny that I was a kid growing up watching the 'Impossible Dream' team with him as the manager, and yet he gave me my first chance in the big leagues."

If Williams helped Remy become a fixture on the field, the late, great Red Sox broadcaster Ned Martin helped him become one in the booth.

"He let me grow on my own and there were certain things he would help me with, and there were certain things I would say that would bother him and he would make mention of that," Remy said. "He was the perfect guy that time for me, because in those days of television it was a lot more laid back than it is today."

Remy has served as the club's television announcer since 1988, winning honors for his work along the way. He is a four-time Emmy Award winner and was the 2004 Massachusetts Sportscaster of the Year (National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association).

"I think the thing that's impressive about what I'm doing now is you're reaching a whole new generation of Red Sox fans, most of whom didn't know me as a player, to be quite honest with you, especially the kids," Remy said. "They know me as a broadcaster.

"The rewarding thing is that you're in their home. Some people are at 60 games a year and you're like part of their family. You're actually more in touch with the people in this job than you are as a player. I think they get to know you better."

There have been few moments burned into the memory of Red Sox fans like the one on Oct. 17, 2004. With the Red Sox down three games to none to the Yankees in 2004 ALCS and trailing, 4-3, in the bottom of the ninth in Game 4, Roberts pinch-ran for Kevin Millar, who earned a walk against Mariano Rivera to lead off inning. Roberts stole second and scored on Bill Mueller's single to tie the game. Boston went on to win, 6-4, in 12 innings before claiming the next three games to advance to the World Series.

"After that play and after we scored the winning run, we were still down 3-1 [in the series], and the next night I scored the tying run," Roberts said. "As the series progressed, when it got to Game 6 or 7, when people started to realize and talk about, 'If we do win this thing, your play was the turning point.' Then I started to get a feel for that."

Roberts left after the 2004 season to join his hometown team in San Diego, where he has played in the postseason the last two years.

"It's very remarkable to me, and it's just a huge honor to me," Roberts said. "Everywhere I go -- from people in Red Sox Nation to those not affiliated with the Red Sox -- talk to me about it and ask me if I get tired of hearing about it. I say every single time, 'Not at all,' because people have had great careers and to be remembered by one thing that I've done and for that one thing to be so positive, so great, it's always going to be dear to me.

"As the days and years have gone by and people have kept talking about it, it's humbling to realize how short a time I was in Boston. To make some sort of contribution is a huge, huge compliment."

The 2006 Red Sox Hall of Fame Dinner and Enshrinement Ceremony will take place Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. ET at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling 617-226-6002. Proceeds benefit The Red Sox Foundation.

Mike Petraglia is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.