Jim Rice starting playing professional baseball as an 18-year old in the New York-Penn League. His four seasons in the bushes were all productive. In 1974 at Triple-A Pawtucket, Rice was unstoppable. In 117 games he hit .337 with 25 homers and 93 RBI.
His outstanding play forced the Sox to call him up to the big club on August 19th. Shown here is the official document Boston filed to recall Rice to the big leagues.
Rice played well enough in his 24-game stint to remain in the big leagues. In 1975 he slammed 22 homers and drove in 102 runs while hitting .309. He finished second to Fred Lynn in Rookie of the Year balloting and third in the MVP race behind Lynn and John Mayberry.
A prolific run producer, Rice drove in 100+ runs 8 times, including a career high 139 in his MVP season of 1978. That year the Boston slugger paced the AL in hits, triples, homers, RBI, slugging percentage, OPS, and total bases.
By topping the 400 mark in total bases in ’78, Rice joined an elite club. Less than 20 men claim membership, fewer than half are right-handed. Among others, the list includes Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds.
Rice is the only man to reach the threshold from 1948 when Musial amassed 429 total bases until 1997 when Larry Walker tallied 409.
From 1977-1986, Rice made 8 All Star teams. During that time he led the AL in total bases four times, homers three times, and RBI twice.
The two-time Silver Slugger spent all of his 16 big league seasons in Beantown. When he retired, Rice’s stats included a .298 lifetime average, and a .502 slugging percentage. He belted 382 homers and drove in 1,451 runs.
jim rice should of been in the hall of fame on the 2nd ballot ! his dominance was known for at least 11 years !
Jim Rice was one of the most under-appreciated All-Stars in the history of professional Baseball! He played the game with the Class it deserves, and gave everything he had to win for the BoSox…