Roger Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra, Pedro Martinez, and Joe Castiglione will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame at a Fenway Park luncheon on Thursday, August 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The inductees will then participate in a pre-game ceremony before the 7:10 p.m. Red Sox-Astros game.
The event is open to the public and tickets are available starting today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The event benefits a new historical non-profit, the Fenway Park Living Museum Fund, a 501(c)3 that helps preserve and display historic elements and artifacts at the iconic landmark.
All four inductees are confirmed to attend the luncheon. Tables start at $2,500 each, but fans can also purchase individual tickets for $250. The event will feature a silent auction, a museum display of items from all four honorees, and the three World Series trophies. All guests will receive a commemorative gift provided by Lux Bond & Green. NESN play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo will emcee.
In addition to the enshrinement of the inductees, Martinez's 1999 one-hit, 17-strikeout complete game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium will be recognized as the "Great Red Sox Moment." During the 3-1 game, Martinez had 17 strikeouts, the most ever by an opposing pitcher in Yankee Stadium, and retired the final 22 Yankees, 15 by strikeout.
The honorees were chosen by a 16-person panel comprising media members, broadcasters, noted historians, booster club representatives, and veteran club executives.
Clemens, a three time Cy Young Award winner with the Red Sox and 1986 AL and All-Star MVP, spent 13 seasons with Boston beginning in 1984. He is tied with Cy Young for the most career wins (192) and most career shutouts (38) as a Red Sox, and is the all-time franchise leader in strikeouts (2,590). Clemens had two 20-strikeout no-walk games, in 1986 against Seattle and 1996 in Detroit. He was named to the All-Star Game five times as a Red Sox, including the 1986 game that he started and won. Clemens is second in club history, behind Tim Wakefield, with 382 career games started and 2,776.0 innings pitched.
Garciaparra, the 1997 AL Rookie of the Year, was an All-Star in five of his nine seasons with the Red Sox from 1996-2004. The shortstop and right-handed hitter has the fourth-best career batting average (.323) and fifth-best slugging percentage (.553) in Red Sox history. He led the AL with 209 hits and 684 at-bats in 1997, the same year he had a 30-game hit streak. Garciaparra tied the club record on May 10, 1999 against Seattle when he hit two grand slams and collected 10 RBI. He had two 30-RBI months, with 33 in May 1999, and 33 in July 1998. His .372 average in 2000 is the fourth-highest in club single-season history.
Martinez was a two-time Cy Young Award winner and four-time All-Star in his seven seasons with the Red Sox from 1998-2004. He was a key part of the 2004 team that brought a World Series title to Boston for the first time since 1918. Martinez is the club's all-time leader with a .760 (117-37) career winning percentage and 72 10-strikeout games. He was named MVP of the 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway Park when he struck out five of the six batters he faced as the American League starter. That same year, Martinez led the AL with 313 strikeouts and 19 10-strikeout games.
Castiglione has spent 31 seasons as the Red Sox play-by-play announcer (second only to Red Sox Hall of Fame broadcaster Ned Martin, 1961-1993). He has also covered the entire careers of this year's three Red Sox Hall of Fame selections. Castiglione became known nationally for his call of the 2004 World Series win as he broadcast the now famous words, "Can you believe it?"