Varitek, Wakefield among Red Sox Hall of Fame inductees

The Boston Red Sox have announced the the 2016 inductees for the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Ira Flagstead, and Larry Lucchino will be inducted into the team’s hall of fame this season – inductions that take place every other year.

Varitek, who is currently a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Red Sox, was a 3-time All-Star and also won Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for Boston. He was the captain of the Red Sox from 2005-2011 and caught a team-high 1,488 teams from 1997-2011. He won two World Series titles as well.

Wakefield spent 17 seasons with Boston from 1995-2011 and is the franchise’s all-time leader in innings pitched. The knuckleballer also won two titles with the team and was an All-Star in 2009. Wakefield won 200 career games and also recorded 150 relief appearances for the team.

Flagstead played in Boston from 1923-1929, batting .295 in his time with the team. But he was best known for his defensive abilities, as his 115 assists can attest. Flagstead led the majors with 33 assists in 1923.

Lucchino, whose time in the front office produced 3 World Series titles, spent 14 years as President and CEO, including snapping a drought that lasted 86 years. Lucchino also helped the Red Sox set the MLB record for consecutive sellouts.

In addition to the four new inductees, the voters also named a "Great Red Sox Moment." The selection was David Ortiz’s game-tying grand slam in the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers in 2013. The clutch hit by Big Papi helped the Red Sox even the series at 1-1 and go on to win the series before eventually winning the World Series.

The members will be inducted in a ceremony on May 19.

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