Schilling among Red Sox Hall of Fame inductees
Barrett, Burks, Dobson, Leonard, Mooney, Taylor also enshrined Friday
BOSTON -- The Red Sox inducted seven into their Hall of Fame on Friday, simultaneously paying homage to the Impossible Dream Team's pennant-clincher on the last day of the 1967 season.
The players inducted were Marty Barrett (1982-90), Ellis Burks (1987-92, 2004), Joe Dobson (1941-43, 1946-50, '54), Dutch Leonard (1913-18) and Curt Schilling (2004-07).
Two non-uniformed men were also enshrined: Joe Mooney, who started with the team in 1970 and is now the director of grounds emeritus, and John Taylor, the team's third owner, from 1904-11.
"I'm very proud," said Schilling, who was here for both of the last decade's World Series winners. "I think the important thing about something like this is it's a recognition of the group of people that I was with when I was here. We had a very special group from the manager to the clubhouse guys, and when you play in the big leagues, you understand it's always about a family, when you play on good teams. And that was what we had."
Schilling's appearance comes on the heels of the collapse of his video game company, 38 Studios, a venture that left many Rhode Island residents and his employees enraged because of the company's mismanagement. The company defaulted on a $75 million loan guarantee backed by Rhode Island taxpayers, and Schilling on Friday continued to appear contrite.
"This is not somebody else's fault," Schilling said. "I took a shot and tried to create something world-changing and it didn't work out. I gave it everything I had, literally, and now I'm trying to manage day by day. It's been challenging, it's been tough. ... This is what life is made up of. It's not always 2004 or 2001."
Schilling said he's taking everything day by day. It has not been hard for him to be seen in public -- Sox fans cheered him Friday in an on-field ceremony. But what's "devastating" is how many people he let down.
"I had a family of 400 people that I was responsible for and I failed them," said Schilling, who declined to answer just one question in a 10-minute session with reporters. "That was the devastating, challenging part helping them all get back on their feet. Most of them have and there's still some situations to take care of."
Barrett, the second baseman for the 1986 pennant-winning team, hit .278 in 929 games with the Sox. Burks, an outfielder, arrived in 1987 and hit .280 in 733 games here.
Dobson and Leonard, who have both passed away, were pitchers who nearly won 200 games for the Sox between them.
"It's really, really incredible when [selection committee chairman] Dick Bresciani called me about three months ago, it really came out of left field," Barrett said of the honor. "I went, 'Oh, that is unbelievable!' Told a bunch of my friends and everything. It was so enjoyable ... [my friends are] like, 'Marty, the Red Sox Hall of Fame, between the Yankees and the Red Sox, those Hall of Fames, that's the next best thing to being in the Hall of Fame.' It was really, really special."
Leonard, a southpaw and teammate of Babe Ruth's, won 90 games with a 2.13 ERA in six years with Boston. He remains the only pitcher to throw two no-hitters for the Sox.
Dobson, a righty and teammate of Ted Williams', went 106-72 with a 3.57 ERA. He lost his left thumb and forefinger in an accident when he was nine years old, but still went on to the Majors, throwing a complete-game four-hitter in Game 5 of the 1946 World Series against the Cardinals.
Jim Lonborg was on-hand to talk about Oct. 1, 1967, when he threw a complete game and allowed just one earned run in a 5-3 win over the Twins, clinching the pennant at a frenzied Fenway
"I remember Rico [Petrocelli] catching that last out off of [pinch-hitter] Rich Rollins at short, and I remember [Carl Yazstrzemski] throwing his hands straight up, and Rico with his hands straight up and my hands straight up," said Lonborg, whose 22 wins helped him become the first Cy Young Award winner in Red Sox history. "We knew that we were in a good place at that time."
As for this year's Sox team, Lonborg said he was perplexed and Barrett called it frustrating to watch the club's inability to get away from .500. Lonborg said he expected Josh Beckett and Jon Lester to bounce back.
"They can absolutely turn it around," Schilling said. "You've got to command the strike zone. Josh has got to stay healthy."