Red Sox induct seven into Hall of Fame

Red Sox induct seven into Hall of Fame

BOSTON -- Jerry Remy was speaking with reporters Thursday night at the Boston Convention Center, describing the emotion of being one of the seven newest members inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame, when all of the sudden an unmistakable voice from the past interrupted.

"I saved this guy 15 errors a year," chirped fellow 2006 inductee and former Gold Glove Sox first baseman George "Boomer" Scott.

"Hey, Boomer," replied Remy with a smile before coming to a conclusion about Scott's estimate. "He did, too."

Such was the camaraderie among the Class of 2006 throughout the evening. Two other former teammates went in, but not for their work on the field. In the dugout is where Dick Williams and Joe Morgan, teammates on the Kansas City Athletics, each guided the Red Sox to the postseason with flair and style.

Williams' 1967 club is regarded as the most improbable Sox playoff qualifier in club history, after winning just 70 games the year before. He predicted, "We'll win more than we lose."

"I had to say something," Williams recalled Thursday. "I'm a first-year manager. We went back to the basics in Spring Training, as far as fundamentals goes, and a lot of players didn't like it. But I don't know of one that stayed there the whole year that didn't take that World Series check."

Morgan put his stamp on the 1988 team, a club that won his first 12 games after taking over in July. The club eventually won the American League East and followed up with another division title in 1990.

"It's special. It's hard to describe," Morgan said. "I'll pass on someday, and your kids and your grandkids at Fenway or the new Fenway, wherever that may be, that plaque will be there. You'll always be a part of the Red Sox family.

"There's some great names there, and I never even remotely thought I'd be one of them, never even thought about it. Plus, I was from Walpole [Mass.] all my life, and I'm still there, and to be part of the Red Sox is always a dream down the highway somewhere, and it finally happened."

Also inducted posthumously were two stars of the 1940s, right-hander Ellis Kinder and third baseman Vern Stephens, both of whom were represented by family members. Thursday's inductions bring membership in the club's Hall of Fame to 60.

The Red Sox have had countless memorable moments since the franchise's birth in 1900. But only a select few have been counted among the truly great. The steal by Dave Roberts in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series against the Yankees certainly qualifies, and it was recognized as such during the dinner program.

"I was here such a short time, but I definitely have a feel for what we accomplished and the comeback and the stolen base and what that championship means to the people of New England," Roberts said.

Chronicling all of those moments along the way has been Dick Bresciani, the public and media relations guru who has seen so much since joining the organization in 1972. This is not the first Hall of Fame honor for the Hopedale, Mass. native, who came to Boston after working at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts, where he is in the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.

"It's really humbling to think these people have done so much out on the field and [accomplished] great feats, coaching and playing, and I'm behind the scenes," said Bresciani, who now serves as vice president of publications and archives. "It's nice to know that people behind the scenes can get recognized sometimes. Being with such a great organization as the Red Sox all these years just makes me proud and humble."

There is no shortage of great memories for 'Bresh,' as everyone who knows him around Fenway Park calls him.

"They start right in 1972, when we lost by a half game because there were an unequal amount of games due to the strike," he recalled. "Through the '75 and '86 World Series and the [one-game] playoff of '78, into the '90s and winning it all in 2004, that's the great climax of everything."

But of course, the night wouldn't be complete without memories from the players. Remy and Scott had their tales to tell.

"I think the biggest thrill came after I was done, when they won the championship finally, and being in one of the [Duck Tour] boats riding around the city of Boston and looking at those people who had been Red Sox diehards for years and years and seeing people crying," Remy said. "That is a moment I'll never forget."

"This is a great honor," added Scott. "You think about these things, but these things don't hit you until the moment is really there. Then you kind of say like, 'Wow.'

"I started playing ball when I was in the third grade -- football, basketball and baseball. You go all the way through school, all the way through the Minor Leagues and all the way through the big leagues, and all of sudden you end up being in the [Red Sox] Hall of Fame. That's great."

Scott and Remy were teammates on the slugging teams of 1978 and '79.

"It was one of the best offensive teams I ever played on, but the best team I ever played on was back in the late '60s," Scott said. "I thought we had a lot of cohesion on those clubs. I can actually say the 1967 team was the closest group of guys that I've ever been in the same locker room with, and that includes high school or any type of ball team. Everybody really cared for one another."

And Thursday night's inductees will forever share a bond in the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

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