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2013 SoB Hall of Fame Nominees

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2013 is almost over, so it’s time again for the Sports of Boston Hall of Fame induction. Every year, we pick the best former player, coach or other figure from the history of the Bruins, Celtics, Patriots or Red Sox, and induct them in the SoB Hall of Fame. Four times so far, a player has been inducted, and the Patriots are the only one of the four teams without an inductee in the Hall so far. That could change this season, but with all the legends from all four teams, there are many good choices.

The staff here at Sports of Boston has nominated athletes from all four teams, and the leading nomination getters from each team will be voted on by our staff in a final ballot. The inductee will be announced December 28, so come back then to find out who makes it in. Until then, our final ballot is below:

Bruins – Ray Bourque (D)

Ray Bourque (AP Photo)Ray Bourque is a name that has become synonymous with the Bruins franchise. He spent 21 years in a Bruins uniform before spending the waning moments of his career with the Colorado Avalanche.

Bourque ended his career in Colorado with a Stanley Cup, and holds the records for most points, goals and assists by any NHL defenseman ever.

Celtics – Red Auerbach – Coach

Red Auerbach (espn.com)After some time early in his coaching career with the Washington Capitols and Tri-City Blackhawks, Auerbach came to the Celtics to take the helm in 1950. In his 16 years as a coach, Auerbach won nine titles in ten seasons, won a coach of the year title and coached in 11 straight All-Star games. He also traded with the St Louis Hawks for their draft pick, Bill Russell and acquired Tommy Heinsohn and KC Jones in the same draft.

Auerbach continued to serve the Celtics in executive roles following his coaching stint until his death in 2006.

Patriots – Tedy Bruschi – ILB

Tedy Bruschi (espn.com)Tedy Bruschi was a mainstay in the Patriots’ defense for 13 productive years. He is a rare Patriot that has three Super Bowl rings to his name, from the dynasty seasons in 2001, 2003 and 2004. Bruschi racked up hundreds of tackles, and is the only player ever to return four straight interceptions for touchdowns.

After suffering a stroke early in 2005, Bruschi returned midway through the 2005 campaign and picked up right where he left off. Bruschi can now be seen as an ESPN analyst on “NFL Live.”

Red Sox – Carl Yastrzemski – LF/1B

Carl Yastrzemski (nndb.com)Over 23 very good seasons, all in a Boston uniform, Yaz made a whopping 13,992 plate appearances over 3,308 games, and that’s just during the regular season. He won a league MVP award, won seven golden gloves and appeared in 18 All-Star games, including fifteen straight.

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