‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #13
Wade Boggs – 1983 Topps
One of the greatest contact hitters that the game of baseball has ever seen, Wade Boggs breaks into the ’40/40′ club at position #13.
With a lifetime batting average of .328, Boggs won 5 batting titles. During his 18-year career, Boggs hit .300 or better 15 times and eclipsed the .330 mark 9 times. Boggs ended his career with 3,010 hits – 2,253 of which were singles. Boggs amassed 578 doubles and 118 home runs during his professional career, often using the ‘Green Monster’ to his advantage at his home ballpark. Boggs also collected 1,014 RBI and scored 1,513 runs in the majors.
Always with a keen eye, Wade Boggs was an incredibly controlled hitter. And for someone who averaged 500+ at-bats per season, Wade Boggs made the most out of each at-bat. With just 745 career strikeouts to his credit, Boggs struck out on average just 41 times per season – just 1 time in every 12 at-bats.
Wade Boggs is a 12-time All-star. He has won the Silver Slugger award 8 times. Wade Boggs has collected 2 Gold Glove trophies. He has finished in the Top 22 for the MVP award 9 times.
Boggs has played in 2 World Series match-ups. He was part of the forgettable Red Sox team that lost to the New York Mets in 1986. Luckily he was rewarded for his hard work and dedication to the sport in 1996 as a member of the New York Yankees and their championship team. During that championship series in 1996, Boggs hit .273 while collecting 3 hits, 2 RBI, and of course 0 strikeouts!!!