With 2012 almost upon us, SoB is getting ready to once again enshrine one of Boston’s best athletes of all time in its very own Hall of Fame. It will all come down to which former Bruin, Red Sox, Celtic or Patriot can be viewed as the best to their team over the course of their career.
Last year, SoB writers inducted historic Boston Bruins’ defenseman Bobby Orr into the hall, to go along with inaugural member, Red Sox’ left fielder Ted Williams. So who will be the third athlete to gain Boston immortality? The nominations, in no particular order, are listed below:
- Celtics – Larry Bird
- Patriots – Drew Bledsoe
- Bruins – Cam Neely
- Red Sox – Carl Yastrzemski
- Before finally succumbing to back problems, Larry Bird was the Celtics’ ironman. He averaged 38.4 minutes (out of 48) per game, and was a handful of assists per game from averaging a career triple-double on his way to winning three titles for Boston.
- In nine years with the Pats, Bledsoe averaged 20.5 touchdowns per year, not counting the 2001 season, in which Tom Brady took over after two games. He also led the Patriots to Super Bowl XXXI in 1997, where the team lost to Green Bay.
- After three rough years with Vancouver of all teams, Cam Neely had a very good decade with the Bruins. He scored 344 goals and 246 assists (good for a +138 rating). He also scored 55 goals and 32 assists in the playoffs, getting the game-winning goal in 11 of those games.
- Carl Yastrzemski played an unheard of 23 years with the Boston Red Sox. A .285 career average is nothing to sneeze at, as are 20 homers and 80 RBIs per season. Yaz also made it to two World Series, and was a very large presence on the Red Sox for nearly a quarter of a century.
The next honoree will be announced New Year’s Day, so check back then for the announcement.
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