Jim Rice - LF

Jim Rice A first-round selection, 15th overall, out of TL Hanna High School (Anderson, SC) by the Boston Red Sox in the 1971 Amateur Draft, Rice made his debut for the Bristol Red Sox during the 1973 season.

Rice moved through the minor leagues quickly, but during his the 1973 season with Bristol, he won the Eastern League batting title with a .317 average. In his first game at Muzzy Field on April 21, 1973, he swatted the first pitch he saw 360 feet and over the outfield fence.

The next season, while playing for the Pawtucket Red Sox, he captured the International League Triple Crown (.337, 25, & 95), MVP Award, and Rookie of the Year honors. In 1974, he cracked the Boston line-up.

Rice played sixteen seasons in the major leagues, all of them with the Boston Red Sox. The eight-time All-Star finished his career with a .298 batting average, 382 home runs and 1,451 RBI. Rice was voted the A.L. MVP in 1978 and helped lead the Red Sox to two World Series (1975 and 1986). He ranks third behind only Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski on the Red Sox all-time leaders in home runs, RBI, hits and total bases.

Retiring after the 1989 season, Rice remained active in the Red Sox organization, serving as a minor league hitting instructor from 1992 to 1995 before joining the parent club in a similar position in 1996.

As of 2007, Jim Rice is a Red Sox studio analyst for Boston Red Sox pre-game and post-game shows broadcast on NESN.

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