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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. 

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718 52
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Ted Williams Outfielder, Left fielder

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2
644 146
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
David Ortiz Designated hitter, First baseman

3
481 112
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Carl Yastrzemski Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

4
496 99
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pedro Martínez Starting pitcher, Pitcher

5
456 90
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Cy Young Pitcher

6
314 60
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Jimmie Foxx First baseman

7
340 84
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Carlton Fisk Catcher

8
302 76
Jim Rice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Jim Rice Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

9
324 94
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Wade Boggs Third baseman

10
264 75
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Tris Speaker Outfielder, Center fielder

11
317 89
Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Dustin Pedroia Second baseman

12
234 63
Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Fred Lynn Outfielder, Center fielder

13
245 64
Dwight Evans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Dwight Evans Right fielder

14
322 96
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Roger Clemens Pitcher

15
207 39
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Lefty Grove Pitcher

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341 121
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Babe Ruth Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

17
199 58
Bobby Doerr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Bobby Doerr Second baseman

18
282 106
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Manny Ramírez Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

19
250 84
Nomar Garciaparra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Nomar Garciaparra Infielder, Shortstop, Third baseman

20
204 45
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Luis Tiant Pitcher

21
239 99
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Curt Schilling Starting pitcher, Pitcher

22
245 108
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Jason Varitek Catcher

23
174 65
Johnny Pesky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Johnny Pesky Shortstop, Third baseman

24
150 48
Joe Cronin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Joe Cronin Manager, Shortstop

25
175 65
Tim Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Tim Wakefield Starting pitcher, Pitcher

26
162 45
Dom DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Dom DiMaggio Center fielder

27
162 50
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time

28
140 39
Mookie Betts is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
CMCSS03 added Mookie Betts

29
153 58
Tony Conigliaro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Tony Conigliaro Right fielder, Outfielder

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124 37
Rico Petrocelli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Rico Petrocelli Shortstop, Third baseman

31
157 63
Mo Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Mo Vaughn First baseman

32
146 42
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Smoky Joe Wood Outfielder, Pitcher

33
104 36
Jim Lonborg is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
kashclicks added Jim Lonborg Pitcher

34
149 63
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Jon Lester Pitcher

35
139 51
Xander Bogaerts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
mkeith.peel added Xander Bogaerts

36
108 41
Mike Lowell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Mike Lowell Third baseman

37
139 95
Josh Beckett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Josh Beckett Pitcher

38
147 86
Kevin Youkilis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Kevin Youkilis Infielder, First baseman, Third baseman

39
94 22
Bill Lee is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Bill Lee Pitcher

40
84 18
George Scott is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
George Scott First baseman

41
137 83
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time

42
125 87
Johnny Damon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Johnny Damon Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

43
108 37
Jimmy Collins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Jimmy Collins Third baseman

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75 21
Reggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Reggie Smith Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

45
95 56
Bill Buckner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Bill Buckner First baseman

46
82 33
Bruce Hurst is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Bruce Hurst Pitcher

47
95 49
Hanley Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Hanley Ramírez Shortstop, Third baseman

48
116 56
Koji Uehara is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Koji Uehara Relief pitcher, Pitcher

49
92 48
Trot Nixon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Trot Nixon Right fielder, Left fielder

50
85 38
Ellis Burks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Ellis Burks Designated hitter, Outfielder, Center fielder