The 2014 Red Smith Banquet is adding Hall of Fame baseball great Jim Rice of the Boston Red Sox to the lineup of this year’s program, according to banquet Chairman Paul McCann. Rice will share stories from his career in a newly-formatted interview presentation at the 49th Annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet on Tuesday, January 21,2014, at 6:30 pm at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin.
Jim Rice was voted into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2009 following an outstanding 16 year career with the Boston Red Sox where he terrorized American League pitchers, batting .298 with 2452 hits and 382 home runs. Last year’s Red Smith Award winner Rich “Goose” Gossage introduced Jim Rice at his Hall of Fame induction where he remembered his encounters with the rival slugger. “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.” Rice was an eight time All Star and was named the American League MVP after the 1978 season when he had 406 total bases; the first player to do so since Joe DiMaggio.