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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
1,193 166
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder

2
801 163
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

3
807 251
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

4
1,086 332
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

5
567 108
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
First baseman

6
817 213
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

7
552 173
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Catcher

8
650 199
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

9
462 127
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

10
390 84
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

11
504 188
Jim Rice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

12
523 200
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Third baseman

13
334 103
Bobby Doerr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Second baseman

14
536 198
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

15
504 196
Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Second baseman

16
387 135
Dwight Evans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder

17
477 201
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

18
351 131
Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

19
287 89
Johnny Pesky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Shortstop, Third baseman

20
321 82
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

21
391 151
Nomar Garciaparra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Infielder, Shortstop, Third baseman

22
381 157
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Catcher

23
380 169
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

24
345 75
Mookie Betts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
CMCSS03 added

25
238 84
Joe Cronin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Manager, Shortstop

26
267 70
Dom DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Center fielder

27
282 106
Tim Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

28
265 85
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time

29
223 91
Tony Conigliaro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder

30
191 64
Rico Petrocelli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Shortstop, Third baseman

31
237 95
Mo Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
First baseman

32
217 65
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Pitcher

33
245 102
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

34
178 71
Mike Lowell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Third baseman

35
226 94
Xander Bogaerts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
mkeith.peel added

36
201 135
Josh Beckett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

37
152 69
Jim Lonborg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
kashclicks added Pitcher

38
207 130
Johnny Damon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

39
227 121
Kevin Youkilis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Infielder, First baseman, Third baseman

40
209 117
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time

41
81 8
Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

42
127 45
Reggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

43
141 54
Bill Lee is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

44
133 59
Ellis Burks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Center fielder

45
144 78
Mike Greenwell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder

46
125 47
George Scott is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
First baseman

47
142 77
Trot Nixon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Left fielder

48
127 69
Derek Lowe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

49
158 85
Koji Uehara is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

50
139 64
Jimmy Collins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Third baseman