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Wed, 07/22/2009 - 7:20pm  

Red Sox will retire Rice's No. 14 next week

The Red Sox Wednesday announced plans to retire Hall of Famer Jim Rice’s uniform No. 14 as a tribute to his exceptional career in a Red Sox uniform and in honor of his induction into The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. The ceremony will take place prior to the Red Sox-A's game at Fenway Park on Tuesday.

“As a fan of the game and a steward of this great franchise, it is an honor to be a part of the Red Sox during this special moment in the team’s history.  On behalf of our partners and the entire organization, we want to congratulate Jim Rice on his upcoming induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and finally taking his rightful place among the greatest players in the game,” said John Henry, Principal Owner. “The retirement of his number will be a fitting way to honor one of the most dominant hitters to ever wear a Red Sox uniform.”

It will be the seventh number to be retired by the franchise, joining Bobby Doerr (1), Joe Cronin (4), Johnny Pesky (6), Carl Yastrzemski (8), Ted Williams (9), and Carlton Fisk (27). The number of Jackie Robinson (42) has been retired by all teams in Major League Baseball.




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