Boggs, Sandberg beat the odds to enter Hall together
But on July 31, 2005, the pair stood together on stage, earning the game’s highest honor of induction into the Hall of Fame.
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In 1990, Sandberg became the first second baseman to lead the league in home runs since Rogers Hornsby in 1925.
“The reason I am here, they tell me, is that I played the game a certain way, that I played the game the way it was supposed to be played,” Sandberg said. “I don't know about that, but I do know this: I had too much respect for the game to play it any other way, and if there was a single reason I am here today, it is because of one word, respect.”
Sandberg was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his third year on the ballot with 76.2 percent of the vote.
“Everything I am today, everything I have today, everything I will ever be is because of the game of baseball,” Sandberg said.
Janey Murray was the digital content specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum