This week the Red Sox announced their inductees to the Red Sox Hall of Fame. Five former players and two non-players will be inducted in a ceremony on August 3rd at Fenway Park.
Pitcher Curt Schilling (2004-2008), center fielder Ellis Burks (1987-1992, 2004), second baseman Marty Barrett (1982-1990), and pitchers Joe Dobson (1941-1943, ’46-’50, ’54) and Dutch Leonard (1913-1918) will be honored at a luncheon followed by a ceremony on the field before that night’s game. John I. Taylor, who owned the team from 1904-1911 and named Fenway Park, along with Joe Mooney, the head groundskeeper from 1971-2000 and is the current Director of Grounds Emeritus. For the team, will both join the players on the walls of the Red Sox Hall of Fame.
All of this years player-inductees played on World Series teams (with only Dobson and Barrett not being on the roster of a World Champion Sox team). Curt Schilling and Ellis Burks were both members of the historic 2004 World Champion team. Schilling, at 45 the youngest of this years inductees, will be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013.
Along with uniformed and non-uniformed personnel, each year the Red Sox induct a “Memorable Moment” into the HoF. This year’s moment is the final game of the 1967 season when the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3 and won their first pennant in 21 years.
The criteria for entrance into the Hall of Fame is simple: Players had to have been with the team for at least three years and must be at least three years removed from playing ball. Any non-uniformed inductees must be voting on unanimously by the committee and anyone associated with the team, uniformed or otherwise, already elected into the national Hall of Fame is automatically inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.