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Born: November 3, 1951; Santa Monica, CA Height: 6'2" Weight: 180
Dwight Evans hit .300 with 17 HR and 95 RBI for AAA Louisville in 1972, earning him the International League MVP. He was called up to Boston at the end of the season.
Dewey hit .292 in the 1975 World Series against Cincinnati. In Game 6, it was his spectacular catch in the deepest part of right field that robbed Joe Morgan of an 11th-inning homer, started a double play, and set up Carlton Fisk's dramatic game-winner in the 12th.
Evans won his first Gold Glove in 1976. His fielding percentage was .994, the 7th highest all-time among Red Sox outfielders. His strong arm and excellent defense would win Dewey a total of 8 Gold Gloves over the course of his career, including five straight seasons from 1981 to 1985.
In 1978, Evans was named to the All-Star team. He played in two other mid-summer classics, in 1981 and 1987.
In 1981, Dewey emerged as a power hitter. In that strike-shortened season, he led the league with 22 home runs, 85 walks, 215 total bases, and a .937 OPS. The following season he played in all 162 games, and led the league with a .402 OBP.
He played all 162 games in 1984, too, and led the AL with 121 runs scored and a .920 OPS, while hitting .295 with 32 home runs. On June 28, 1984, he hit for the cycle in a game against Seattle.
Dewey led the Sox with 9 RBI in the 1986 World Series against the Mets, including homers in Game 2 and Game 7.
Evans hit 251 homers from 1981 to 1990, more than any other AL player during that decade.
Dewey finished his Red Sox career among the all-time team leaders in several categories. He is 2nd in games and at-bats; 3rd in runs, doubles, walks, and extra-base hits; and 4th in home runs, RBI, hits, and total bases. He played his last season with Baltimore.
In 2000, Dwight Evans was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.
Dewey served as Red Sox hitting coach for the 2002 season.
Team makes spot in its Hall for him
By Larry Whiteside, Boston Globe Staff, 2/17/2000
His peers will tell you that Dwight Evans was the best there will ever be when it comes to roaming Fenway Park's spacious right field.
That's why it comes as no surprise that he would be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame at the enshrinement dinner May 18 at the Sheraton Boston. Evans, who played in 2,505 games for Boston from 1972-1990 before playing one season with Baltimore, will be honored with pitchers Bill Monbouquette and Bob Stanley.
''I enjoyed my time with the Red Sox,'' Evans said from his California home last night. ''I spent three years in the minors and 18 years with the big club. That's a long time. I had some fun. We were all together on some great teams.''
Evans had 2,373 hits for the Sox, including 379 home runs. He played in two World Series (1975 and '86), hitting .300 in 14 games with 14 RBIs.
''No, we didn't win and it will always stick out in my memory that we couldn't win a World Series,'' he said. ''We were close in 1986 and yet so far away. But I can stand back and look at that year and say it was great for me and what a great event it was for all the people who loved baseball.''
The '75 Series was a first for Evans, then 23. He never thought that it would take 11 years before he'd play in another one. ''I thought we had a team that would go the next five years and win three championships,'' he said. ''We really did have the talent to do it and I don't know why it never happened. We had wonderful teams, great players, and great chemistry.
''People ask me about the most exciting time of my career. It had to be the World Series and the 25 guys who played together in good times and bad times to get there. You fought. You hugged. You were like brothers.''
From 1981-90, Evans hit 251 homers, the most of any American League player. In the strike-shortened '81 season, Evans tied for the league lead with 22.
But it was his fielding at Fenway that made him a hero to the Fenway Faithful. Evans, who won eight Gold Gloves, would pick fly balls out of a blazing sky with relative ease. In '76, Evans made only two errors and had a .994 fielding percentage, fifth best all-time. Six times Evans threw out 10 or more runners in a season; he had 15 assists three times.
This story ran in the Boston Globe on 2/17/2000.
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