Pawtucket PawSox Hall of Fame
Inducted into the PawSox Hall of Fame May 26, 2018
In 2015, the PawSox Hall of Fame was instituted to recognize the outstanding careers of former PawSox players, managers, coaches, broadcasters, and executives. A selection committee comprising Pawtucket Red Sox and Boston Red Sox staff, past and present media personnel, area business leaders, and representatives from the community will be responsible for electing candidates.
Nominations can be made via fan submissions, either by hard mail, email (email@example.com), or by using the Twitter hashtag #pawsoxhof. To be eligible for nomination, players, managers, and coaches must have spent at least part of one year with the PawSox and must have been out of uniform for at least three years. The feats of non-uniformed PawSox personnel will be chosen by a unanimous vote of the Selection Committee.
“We’re excited to establish the PawSox Hall of Fame, which will recognize the most impactful figures in our franchise’s history,” said PawSox Senior Vice President/General Manager Dan Rea. “We’re also pleased to introduce a public nomination process, giving our fans the opportunity to push the candidacies of their favorite figures from our club’s rich past.”
Fred Lynn Inducted Into The PawSox Hall Of Fame
On May 26, 2018 the PawSox Hall of Fame inducted Fred Lynn andMike Tamburro. This is the third-ever PawSox Hall of Fame class was chosen by a 14-person panel, which includes club executives, print and broadcast media members, long-time fans, and historians.
Ben Mondor, the late long-time PawSox owner, along with former Pawtucket Red Sox and Boston Red Sox legends Wade Boggs and Jim Rice, both National Baseball Hall of Fame players, comprised the inaugural 2016 PawSox Hall of Fame inductees.
The 2017 Class included another National Baseball Hall of Famer, Carlton Fisk, and a pair of fellow Boston Red Sox Hall of Famers, Mo Vaughn and manager Joe Morgan.
Fred Lynn played one full season for the PawSox in 1974 (batting .282 with 21 HR & 68 RBI in 124 games) before becoming the talk of the baseball world one year later. Lynn actually made his PawSox debut in September of 1973 as he and fellow PawSox Hall of Famer Jim Rice were promoted from Double-A Bristol in time for the International League playoffs. Lynn and Rice, who would be dubbed the “Gold Dust Twins” during their historic 1975 season with the Red Sox, first helped lead Pawtucket to the 1973 Governors’ Cup Championship. Lynn was initially called-up to Boston in September of 1974 and in 15 games with the Red Sox he hit .419. He would never play another game in the minor leagues.
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Fred Lynn MLB Awards
In 1975 Fred Lynn won the Rookie of the Year award for the Boston Red Sox. He batted .331 with 21 homeruns and lead the league in doubles and runs.
Fred Lynn not only won the Rookie of the Year in 1975, but he was also awarded the AL MVP. As a rookie, Fred collected 175 hits and knocked in 105 RBI.
In 1979, Fred Lynn lead the American League in batting with a .333 battling average. He set a career high with 177 hits and 39 homeruns. He finished second in MVP voting to fellow teammate Jim Rice.
The Red Sox added padding to the walls in centerfield at Fenway Park because of Fred Lynn. While with the Red Sox, Lynn won four gold gloves as a centerfielder.
MLB Accomplishments & Records
Fred Lynn made nine straight All-Star games from 1975-1983. He represented both the Boston Red Sox and California Angels.
In 1983, Fred Lynn hit the first and only grand slam in All-Star history off of Atlee Hammaker. AS REPORTED: The star player of the game was Fred Lynn, whose grand slam in the third was the first in All-Star history. National League manager Whitey Herzog had ordered Robin Yount, the preceding batter, walked intentionally, which turned out not to be a good idea. “I take it personally,” Lynn said later. By ’83, Lynn had four home runs and ten runs batted in with twenty All-Star at-bats. Only Ted Williams had a higher All-Star RBI count, with twelve in forty-six at-bats. Stan Musial had ten runs batted in, but in sixty-three at-bats. Lynn’s four homers tied him with Williams for the American League lead.
In 1982, Fred Lynn won the ALCS MVP batting .611 (11/18) with a home run and 5 RBI. He also won the 1983 All-Star game MVP.