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Boston cap on plaque OK with former AL slugger

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Wade Boggs will have a Boston Red Sox
cap on his Hall of Fame plaque.

Boggs, elected to the Hall this week along with Ryne Sandberg,
spent the first 11 seasons of his career with Boston, winning five
American League batting titles. He played with the New York Yankees 1993-97, then finished with two seasons for his hometown Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

The Hall picks which cap will appear on a player's bronze
plaque. Boggs told the Hall he didn't care which team was selected.

"The logo selection is based on where that player makes his
most indelible mark," Hall president Dale Petroskey said Friday.

"The choice of which team's logo appears on a player's plaque
is our decision," he said. "The wishes of each inductee were
considered, but ultimately, it is important that the logo be
emblematic of the historical accomplishments of that player's
career."

After leaving the Red Sox, Boggs won his only World Series
championship ring with the Yankees. He got his 3,000th career hit
with Tampa Bay.

"If you take away any of my time spent with any of the three
teams in my career, I'm likely not considered a Hall of Famer,"
Boggs said. "It's a decision they made, and I'm fine with it. If
the Hall of Fame had picked my Little League cap, I would have been
happy with that."

Sandberg will have a Chicago Cubs cap on his plaque, and it was
an easy decision. After playing 13 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1981, he was traded to the Cubs and spent the rest of his 16-season career in Chicago.

Boggs and Sandberg will be inducted July 31 along with any
players elected by members of the Veterans Committee, whose vote is
announced March 2.