Wade Boggs chickened out before every game, but not COG voters, who boldly voted Boggs into the Circle of Greats by a wide majority. Boggs becomes the twelfth COG inductee. More on Wade and the voting after the jump.
Only thirteen hitters in major league history have been able to reach both the 200-hit and 100-walk thresholds in the same season, and only five of those thirteen have been able to perform this feat in more than one season over their careers.
Most Seasons With 200 or More Hits and 100 or More Walks:
Lou Gehrig, 7 seasons
Wade Boggs, 4 seasons
Babe Ruth, 3 seasons
Stan Musial and Todd Helton, 2 seasons
Ty Cobb, Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, John Olerud, Bernie Williams, Billy Hamilton, Hack Wilson and Woody English, 1 season
Between 1953 (Musial) and 1993 (Olerud), Boggs was the only major league player to reach at least 200 hits and at least 100 walks in the same season, and Boggs achieved that feat four years in a row, 1986 through 1989. He is the only player in MLB history to accomplish the 200-hit/100-walk combo in four consecutive seasons.
Boggs, appearing on exactly two-thirds of the ballots this round, received more votes than the combined votes of the second and third biggest vote-getters, newcomer-to-the-ballot Alan Trammell, and holdover Tony Gwynn. Nevertheless, Trammell and Gwynn each topped the 25% level, and thus each receive two rounds worth of automatic ballot eligibility. All our other holdovers appeared on at least 10% of the ballots, enough for each to add another year of eligibility to his supply. The holdover count remains at thirteen players, with Trammell replacing Boggs on the holdover list.
As usual, you can check out the complete voting record for this past round at Google Docs. The link is here: 1958-Pt 2 COG Vote Tally
If you would like to review the history of the COG voting, a spreadsheet summary of the voting is here: COG Vote Summary , with a summary of the raw vote totals on Sheet 1 and a summary of the percentage totals on Sheet 2.
The Circle of Greats membership thus far:
Cal Ripken, Jr.