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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
1,322 262
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder

2
962 197
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

3
708 134
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
First baseman

4
925 333
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

5
1,208 441
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

6
893 314
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

7
794 223
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

8
581 142
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

9
501 97
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

10
636 224
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Catcher

11
431 118
Bobby Doerr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Second baseman

12
603 244
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Third baseman

13
549 237
Jim Rice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

14
340 99
Johnny Pesky is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Shortstop, Third baseman

15
423 155
Dwight Evans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder

16
549 226
Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Second baseman

17
389 151
Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

18
592 240
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

19
413 88
Mookie Betts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
CMCSS03 added

20
525 238
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

21
348 98
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

22
413 178
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Catcher

23
424 175
Nomar Garciaparra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Infielder, Shortstop, Third baseman

24
418 196
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

25
302 82
Dom DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Center fielder

26
268 94
Joe Cronin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Manager, Shortstop

27
302 120
Tim Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

28
299 94
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time

29
246 97
Tony Conigliaro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder

30
208 72
Rico Petrocelli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Shortstop, Third baseman

31
266 111
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

32
235 72
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Pitcher

33
248 108
Mo Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
First baseman

34
245 105
Xander Bogaerts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
mkeith.peel added

35
191 80
Mike Lowell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Third baseman

36
164 74
Jim Lonborg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
kashclicks added Pitcher

37
243 129
Kevin Youkilis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Infielder, First baseman, Third baseman

38
216 145
Josh Beckett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

39
222 141
Johnny Damon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

40
109 12
Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

41
229 126
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time

42
155 57
Bill Lee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

43
140 48
Reggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

44
136 50
George Scott is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
First baseman

45
141 73
Derek Lowe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

46
155 81
Trot Nixon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Left fielder

47
171 89
Koji Uehara is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

48
123 41
Rick Burleson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Shortstop

49
155 82
Mike Greenwell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder

50
142 65
Ellis Burks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Center fielder