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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, 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

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#3 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #551 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alivelisted on Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball

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Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
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David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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#61 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #90 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #1,698 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

Birthplace: Pigtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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#1 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #137 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alivelisted on Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball

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Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
Third baseman

Birthplace: USA, Nebraska, Omaha

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#33 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #67 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #1,696 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

Birthplace: Southampton, New York, United States of America

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#63 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #46 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #1,739 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

Birthplace: Manoguayabo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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#51 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #1,793 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #4 of 152 The Greatest Hispanic MLB Players Ever

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Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
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Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
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Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
Catcher

Birthplace: Bellows Falls, Vermont, United States of America

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#155 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #105 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
Pitcher

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America

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#96 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #1,734 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Bobby Doerr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
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Jim Rice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

Birthplace: Anderson, South Carolina, United States of America

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#186 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #157 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #120 of 320 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

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

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

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#235 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #238 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #36 of 523 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

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Mookie Betts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
CMCSS03 added Mookie Betts Right Fielder

Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee

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#259 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #251 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #9 of 61 The Most Likable Active MLB Players

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

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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#221 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #256 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #53 of 523 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

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Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
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Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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#57 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #115 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #44 of 523 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

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Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
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Nomar Garciaparra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
Infielder, Shortstop, Third baseman

Birthplace: Whittier, California, United States of America

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#136 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #63 of 523 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame #19 of 133 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time

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Johnny Pesky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
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Dom DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
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Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

Birthplace: Anchorage, Alaska, United States of America

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#140 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #21 of 523 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Famelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
Catcher

Birthplace: Rochester, Michigan, United States of America

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#28 of 161 The Greatest Catchers of All Time #1 of 24 The Best Red Sox Catchers of All Time