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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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Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 3 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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David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
First baseman

Birthplace: Sudlersville, Maryland

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

Birthplace: Manoguayabo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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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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Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
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Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
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Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
Third baseman

Birthplace: USA, Nebraska, Omaha

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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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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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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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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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Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Mookie Betts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time
CMCSS03 added Mookie Betts Right Fielder

Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee

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

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Rochester

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