The Red Sox were thrilled to honor former outfielder Jim Rice in the summer of 2009. Rice, an eight-time All-Star and the 1978 American League MVP, was finally elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26 — in his 15th and final year of eligibility.

Rice played 16 seasons in Boston, leading the AL in home runs three times (1977, 1978 and 1983) and twice leading the league in RBIs (1978, 1983). He was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1995 and the club retired his number 14 in 2009.