Baseball Wade Boggs' legacy among Red Sox greats is secure.The Hall of Famer and five-time batting champion will have his No. 26 retired by the Red Sox next year, making him the ninth Boston player so honored. MORE: The 10 greatest Red Sox of all timeBoggs will be honored at Fenway Park on May 26 — conveniently enough, the scorecard number for his position
followed by his uniform number — the team announced Monday. "Wade Boggs was the best third baseman in Red Sox history and one of the best hitters of his generation," Red Sox owner John Henry said in a release. "Whether it was his legendary hand-eye coordination or the discipline of his highly superstitious routine, his ability to hit line drive after line drive was remarkable. We congratulate our first ballot Hall of Famer on this recognition."Boggs spent the first 11 of his 18 big-league seasons in Boston before moving on to the Yankees and Devil Rays. Tampa Bay retired the No. 12 Boggs wore there in 1999 after he recorded his 3,000th career hit with the team.Boggs finished his career with 3,010 hits in 2,440 big-league games and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005. His .328 career average ranks 33rd all-time.The other players to have their numbers retired by the Red Sox in addition to the -wide No. 42 for Jackie Robinson are: Bobby Doerr (1), Joe Cronin (4), Johnny Pesky (6), Carl Yastrzemski (8), Ted Williams (9), Jim Rice (14), Carlton Fisk (27) and Pedro Martinez (45)."I am so humbled and honored to be among the greatest legends to ever put on a uniform for the amazing city of Boston," Boggs said in a release. "To say that your number will never be worn again is the highest honor an athlete can receive. Thank you."Brock Holt had been wearing No. 26 for the Red Sox but will switch to No. 12 next season.