Red Sox Slugger Jim Rice Elected To Hall Of Fame

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It's been 20 years since he retired, but Red Sox slugger Jim Rice has finally been given baseball's highest honor: He's been elected to the Hall of Fame.

WBUR's Steve Brown has more.Rice has been eligible for the Hall for the past 15 years, but every year he always came up short of the needed 75 percent vote from baseball writers. This year, the call from Cooperstown was good news for the outfielder who played his entire career for the Red Sox.

RICE: I'm not nervous now. When I got the call I was very nervous, but now, it's just... it's a big relief! It's over with, and I just....I feel real good.

During his 16 seasons with the Red Sox, Rice hit 382 home runs and had 1,451 RBIs. He was named American League MVP in 1978. Rice will be inducted into the Hall in July.

This program aired on January 13, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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Steve Brown is a veteran broadcast journalist who serves as WBUR's senior State House reporter.