The Pawtucket Red Sox today announced they are launching the first-ever “PawSox Bobblehead Fan Vote Presented by Bristol County Savings Bank,” giving members of PawSox Nation an opportunity to choose one of four club legends for bobblehead immortality. Wade Boggs, Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice, and Mo Vaughn will go head-to-head in this two-day voting competition, which will take place via social media, pawsox.com, or phone.
Voting will begin immediately and close at the end of the day this Friday, and the winner of the voting will be announced at next Friday night’s “Moonlight Madness” event at McCoy Stadium. The winning bobblehead will be handed out to the first 3,000 fans (one per person) in attendance on Saturday, June 25 when the PawSox host Scranton/WB at 6:05 pm at McCoy.
Wade Boggs, whose number 26 will be retired in Fenway Park in May, played for the PawSox in 1980 and 1981 before he began his Major League Hall of Fame career in Boston in 1982. Boggs won the International League Batting title in 1981 with a .335 average. In 266 career games with the PawSox he posted a .322 average, and was elected into the International League Hall of Fame in 2011.
Carlton Fisk’s brief stint with the PawSox came in 1970 when he tallied 12 HR & 44 RBI in 284 plate appearances. The New Hampshire native went on to unanimously win the American League Rookie of the Year just two years later in 1972 as a member of the Boston Red Sox. En route to his Hall of Fame career, Fisk won three Silver Slugger Awards (1981, 1985, 1988), one Gold Glove Award (1972), and was an 11-time All-Star (1972–1974, 1976–1978, 1980–1982, 1985, 1991).
Jim Rice, who is another member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, played for the PawSox in 1973 and 1974. In 1974, Rice won the International League Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player Award, and won the league Triple Crown. That season, Rice tallied a .337 average with 25 HR and 93 RBI. Jim was an 8-time American League All-Star (1977-80, 83-86) and ranks among the all-time Red Sox leaders in virtually every offensive category.
The final bobblehead candidate is a former McCoy Stadium fan favorite who spent three productive seasons with the PawSox from 1990-1992. Mo Vaughn belted 42 HR in 216 career games with the PawSox spanning parts of three seasons. In 1995, as a member of the Boston Red Sox, Mo won the American League Most Valuable Player Award, Silver Slugger Award, and led the AL with 126 RBI. Vaughn, a Connecticut native, was a three-time All-Star (1995, 1996, 1998), and also had playing stints with the Anaheim Angels (1999–2000) and New York Mets (2002–2003).
Fans can cast their votes online at www.pawsox.com, connect on social media via Twitter or Facebook, or make their voices heard by calling (401) 724-7300.
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