Baseball The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time  

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The Boston Red Sox are one of the most famous and most popular teams in Major League Baseball history. 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.

list ordered by

1
1,176 224
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

2
1,469 402
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder

3
907 165
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
First baseman

4
1,017 482
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

5
1,319 607
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

6
996 258
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

7
759 166
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

8
681 113
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

9
773 295
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Catcher

10
976 468
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

11
598 133
Bobby Doerr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Second baseman

12
773 271
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Third baseman

13
595 289
Jim Rice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

14
458 174
Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

15
415 118
Johnny Pesky is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Shortstop, Third baseman

16
596 287
Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Second baseman

17
468 199
Dwight Evans is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder

18
566 297
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

19
645 299
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

20
452 241
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

21
446 224
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Catcher

22
459 212
Nomar Garciaparra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Infielder, Shortstop, Third baseman

23
310 107
Joe Cronin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Manager, Shortstop

24
380 129
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

25
353 100
Dom DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Center fielder