Jim Rice

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“I’d be staring him down, he’d be staring right back and I’m telling you there was no man I wanted to face less than Jim Rice. He was the strongest, toughest guy, most competitive man I ever faced.”

–          Pitcher Goose Gossage

Baseball player, hall of famer, and sports speaker Jim Rice is one of the most powerful sluggers to ever grace the league. With numbers comparable to  Fred Lynn and Dwight Evans, fellow Red Sox, Rice and the gang were some of the most consistent and powerful outfielders in the game, and the best of their era. After graduating from high school, Rice played for the Pawtucket Red Sox winning the junior World Series with a three-run homer to end the game. The next year, upon winning the Rookie of the Year, League MVP, and the triple crown, Rice was brought up to play for the Boston Red Sox – he had batted his way into the majors. Within three years, he led the league in RBI, home runs, hits, triples, and slugging average. For all his accomplishments he won the League MVP award that year. The most incredible accomplishment is that Rice achieved this despite the ever-present racism that prevailed at this time. Boston was the last team to integrate – at the time Rice was the only African American on the team, compared to the almost entirely all black Pirates who had won the World Series four years prior. Since his retirement from professional baseball in 1989, Rice has been a hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox organization. For all of his hard work and accomplishments, Rice was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009. Rice is also very involved in charity work and community service. He was named honorary chairman of the Jimmy Fund for cancer research and won the Jimmy Award for his dedication to finding a cure. Rice is an active supporter of the Neurofibromatosis Foundation of New England. Rice’s greatest support is with MLB’s RBI program. (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities)