June 17, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 47, Wade Boggs (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy.

Wade Boggs makes more sense if you think of him as a misunderstood artist. Many artists are underappreciated in their time. It is said that Vincent Van Gogh sold only one or two paintings during his life. Emily Dickinson could not find a publisher for her poems. Edgar Allen Poe was penniless, “The Great Gatsby” got mixed reviews and Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen” was universally panned.

Boggs was a bit like that. Oh, he wasn’t exactly underrated. He made All-Star teams. He was famous. He made the Hall of Fame.

But you get the sense that very few people ever really got him.

Let’s start with a fact you might not believe: When Boggs was in…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 47, Wade Boggs” at The Athletic