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The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time

Updated April 24, 2020 68.1k votes 5.4k voters 76.7k views146 items

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The Boston Red Sox are one of the most famous and most popular teams in Major League Baseball history, whether top Red Sox pitchers or top hitters. The number of all-time greats to play for the Red Sox is only comparable to their longtime hated rivals the New York Yankees. The names on this list are impressive, and you'll find many of them on the list for the greatest baseball players of all time. Among the best Boston Red Sox of all time are all-stars, MVPs, batting champs, hall of famers and World Series winners. After an 86-year wait, the Red Sox broke the Curse of the Bambino when they won the World Series in 2004. The Curse of the Bambino's central figure, Babe Ruth, widely considered one of the best hitters to ever play the game, was originally on the Red Sox before they traded him to New York in 1918. The trade flipped history as the Red Sox gave their best player to the rival Yankees and baseball history was forever changed.

Ted Williams is widely considered to be one of the greatest Red Sox of all time. In his 19 years, Williams won the American League MVP twice, batting champion six times (a career average of .344), a two-time Triple Crown winner and All-Star seventeen times. Williams could have had an even better career numbers wise had he not served in the U.S. military during World War II. He is also the last player to hit over .400 in a season, which was in 1941. 

During the latter years, players like Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon and Dustin Pedroia are a handful of Red Sox who are considered some of the best players in franchise history. These players played critical roles in the team's recent championships.

These are the greatest Boston Red Sox of all time. If there's a name missing from this list, feel free to add him. Here's your chance to select who should be named the greatest Red Sox player of all time.

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    Ted Williams

    Outfielder, Left fielder

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    #14 of 101 The Most Beloved US Veterans#58 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

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    526

    Cy Young

    Pitcher

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    #14 of 25 Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball #15 of 23 The Best Perfect Games In Major League History

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    465

    Jimmie Foxx

    First baseman

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    #25 of 56 Athletes Who Won MVP Before Turning 25#5 of 30 Every MLB Player To Hit 50 Home Runs In A Season

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    Pedro Martínez

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    #162 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time#18 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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    Tris Speaker

    Outfielder, Center fielder

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    #19 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame#27 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

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    More Lefty Grove 

    #2 of 118 The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time#10 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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    Carl Yastrzemski

    Designated hitter, Outfielder

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    #238 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#18 of 316 The Greatest Left Handed Baseball Players of All Time

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    More Carlton Fisk 

    #59 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#9 of 149 The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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    Wade Boggs

    Third baseman

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    #7 of 120 The Greatest Third Basemen of All Time#64 of 85 Great Athletes Who Waited Too Long To Retire

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    David Ortiz

    Designated hitter, First baseman

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    #1234 of 1,424 The Best Athletes Of All Time#419 of 448 The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Babe Ruth

    Right fielder, Outfielder

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    #34 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#111 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

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    Dwight Evans

    Right fielder
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    Mookie Betts

    Right Fielder

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    #8 of 69 The Most Likable Active MLB Players#2 of 196 The Top Current Baseball Players

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    Bobby Doerr

    Second baseman

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    #6 of 148 The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time#3 of 20 The Best Red Sox Second Basemen of All Time

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    Jim Rice

    Designated hitter, Outfielder

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    #92 of 142 The Greatest Left-Fielders of All Time#9 of 50 The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time

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    1,108
    452

    More Roger Clemens 

    #57 of 71 Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments#13 of 20 The Most Intimidating Athletes in Recent Memory

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    Luis Tiant

    Pitcher

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    #140 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time#29 of 152 The Greatest Hispanic MLB Players Ever

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    754
    294

    Fred Lynn

    Outfielder, Center fielder

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    #18 of 174 The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time#116 of 158 The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

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    Johnny Pesky

    Shortstop, Third baseman

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    #4 of 23 The Best Red Sox Third Basemen of All Time#6 of 25 The Best Red Sox Shortstops of All Time

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    More Dennis Eckersley 

    #15 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#4 of 219 The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

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    Nomar Garciaparra

    Infielder, Shortstop

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    #69 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#28 of 132 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time

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    Dustin Pedroia

    Second baseman

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    #30 of 34 The Most Overpaid Professional Athletes Right Now#5 of 51 Athletes Who Retired In 2021

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    Manny Ramírez

    Right fielder, Outfielder

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    #45 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#39 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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    Dom DiMaggio

    Center fielder
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    Smoky Joe Wood

    Outfielder, Pitcher