Rice, Jim

James Edward Rice
Born: March 8, 1953, Anderson, South Carolina
Played For: 
Boston Red Sox (1974-89)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 2009

Jim Rice's 16-year big league career in Boston continued a legacy of renowned Red Sox left fielders that included Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski. One of the most feared right-handed hitters of his era, Rice clubbed at least 20 homers in 11 of his first 12 full seasons and led the American League in total bases four times, homers three times and RBI and slugging percentage twice each. The powerfully built eight-time All-Star amassed 2,452 hits, a .298 batting average, 382 home runs and 1,451 RBIs. Rice captured the Junior Circuit's Most Valuable Player Award in 1978, when he collected 406 total bases -- the most in the AL in more than 40 years.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Jim Rice is the only player in major league history to record over 200 hits while hitting 39 or more home runs for three consecutive seasons.
I'd be staring him down, he'd be staring right back and I'm telling you there was no man I wanted to face less than Jim Rice. He was the strongest, toughest guy, most competitive man I ever faced.
Goose Gossage