The Boston Red Sox announced their 2012 Hall of Fame class last night, and there’s no shortage of star power.
Leading the way will be playoff hero and current ESPN analyst Curt Schilling, whose Game 6 performance against the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS will forever live in Red Sox lore. Though he only spent four seasons in Boston, Schilling left an indelible mark on the franchise.
Joining Schilling will be Ellis Burks, who came up with the Sox in 1987 as a top prospect. Burks went on to play 18 MLB seasons for five teams, including one last go-round in Boston as part of the 2004 championship squad.
Marty Barrett is in as well. Barrett is best known as a key cog in the 1986 AL champion team that lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Mets in the World Series. Barrett enjoyed several fine years for the Sox, setting the standard for future Boston second basemen.
Joe Dobson, a righty who played alongside Ted Williams, Dom Dimaggio, et al. will be inducted as well. Dobson played a total of nine seasons for the Sox, and would have pitched even more had he not missed the 1944 and 1945 seasons to serve his country in World War II.
Hubert “Dutch” Leonard will be joining his fellow Sox posthumously. Leonard pitched for the Sox from 1913 to 1918, with the team amassing three World Series victories over that brief time span.
There will also be two non-players inducted: late owner John I. Taylor, and former head groundskeeper Joe Mooney.
Taylor’s lasting legacy will be that he was the man who got Fenway Park built. Taylor owned the Sox from 1904 to 1911.
Mooney, the beloved former Fenway groundskeeper, rounds out the Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Known for his colorful demeanor and passion for his job, Mooney still holds a position with the Red Sox as “Director of Grounds, Emeritus.”
Here’s a closer look at each member of the 2012 Hall of Fame inductees: