HOF's 'Dynamic Duo' joined forever
Boggs, Sandberg enjoying wild ride after selection
NEW YORK -- They sat at a long table flanked by photographic montages from their halcyon playing days. Wade Boggs on the right, wearing that familiar cap and uniform of the Boston Red Sox. Ryne Sandberg on the left, decked out in the blue and white of the Chicago Cubs.Together they formally faced the media on Wednesday as the newest minted members of baseball's most hallowed fraternity -- the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Just to prove it, they were asked to don Hall of Fame uniform tops embossed with orange scripted letters across the chest. "This has been quite a ride. I rode a horse back in 1996," Boggs said, alluding to his gallop around the turf at Yankee Stadium after he won his only World Series title as a member of the New York Yankees. "But this is a Space Shuttle we're on right now. You had Batman and Robin and now you have Ryne and Wade. We're the dynamic duo and we'll forever be joined at the hip." Boggs was the 41st player to be elected the first time his name was placed on the ballot. His 474 votes were the third-highest in history, behind only Nolan Ryan (491) and George Brett (488), who were both elected along with Robin Yount in the outstanding class of 1999. The ride ended for Sandberg on Tuesday with the phone call that he had finally been elected to the Hall by 516 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America on the third try. He made it by just six votes above the minimum of 387 -- 75 percent of the ballots cast. "I had pregame butterflies the whole morning," said Sandberg, who was awaiting the news at his home in the Biltmore area of Phoenix. "I spent the morning walking around the house going inside and outside, looking for something to do, but there was nothing to do. I was hoping something good would happen." The good news for both former players means they 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. That's no small feat, said Dale Petroskey, the Hall's president, as he introduced his two newest members. "Of every hundred players, who have the privilege of playing in the Major Leagues, only one makes it to Cooperstown -- one percent," he said. "It's a pretty special group." Eleven players have now been elected since the turn of the century and this pair follows Carlton Fisk, Tony Perez, Dave Winfield, Kirby Puckett, Ozzie Smith, Gary Carter, Eddie Murray, and last year's dynamic duo of Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley.
| 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.