Boggs, Sandberg are Hall choices
Infielders will enter Cooperstown shrine in July
NEW YORK -- Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg are the latest members of baseball's most exclusive club.Boggs, a five-time American League batting champion with the Boston Red Sox who swatted 3,010 hits, and Sandberg, a 10-time All-Star second baseman for the Chicago Cubs, were revealed Tuesday to be the only players voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame among 27 candidates on the ballot. Boggs, an 11-time AL All-Star third baseman, was the 41st player to be elected his first time on the ballot, while Sandberg made it on his third try. "This actually means a lot [to be elected the first time]," Boggs said during a conference call almost immediately after the announcement. "There are so many players who played the game before that are still waiting. I wouldn't classify it as the end of the world had I not gotten in today, but it would've been a disappointment because of the numbers I put up." For Sandberg, though, the third time was the best time. "There have been some tremendous, tremendous players who've had to wait longer than [me]," he said. "I don't think it's ever too late or diminishes the honor at all. You're either in the Hall of Fame or you're not. So I'm just totally happy today." A select group of 516 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America cast their votes, the most ballots filed in Hall of Fame history, surpassing the 515 writers who enshrined Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett in 2001. A name must be marked on 75 percent of the filed ballots for a former player to be elected; 387 votes were needed this year. The pair will be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 31, giving baseball's red brick shrine on Main Street 195 former players, 102 elected by the BBWAA.
| 2005 Hall of Fame
The complete vote (516 ballots, 387 to gain election, 26 to remain on ballot):
Wade, Ryno are Hall choices
No doubts about Class of 2005
Boggs hits his way to the Hall
Ryno charges into Hall of Fame
Red Sox lavish praise on Boggs
Rays react to Boggs Hall call
From Beantown to Bronx to Hall
Sutter closing in on Hall of Fame
Boggs is fans' favorite to make Hall
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.