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The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time

Updated April 24, 2020 69.5k votes 5.3k voters 75.1k views146 items

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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 Williams1
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    Ted Williams

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    AgeDec. at 84 (1918-2002)

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

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    #467 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#14 of 101 The Most Beloved US Veterans

  • Cy Young2
    1,751
    537

    Cy Young

    Pitcher

    AgeDec. at 88 (1867-1955)

    BirthplaceGilmore, Ohio

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    #14 of 25 Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball #15 of 23 The Best Perfect Games In Major League History

  • Jimmie Foxx3
    1,421
    468

    Jimmie Foxx

    First baseman

    AgeDec. at 60 (1907-1967)

    BirthplaceSudlersville, Maryland

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    #2 of 150 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time#25 of 56 Athletes Who Won MVP Before Turning 25

  • Tris Speaker4
    1,174
    355

    Tris Speaker

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    AgeDec. at 70 (1888-1958)

    BirthplaceHubbard, Texas

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    #415 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#19 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Lefty Grove5
    1,079
    309

    AgeDec. at 75 (1900-1975)

    BirthplaceLonaconing, Maryland

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    #1 of 118 The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time#10 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

  • Wade Boggs6
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    454

    Wade Boggs

    Third baseman

    Age61

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, United States of America

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    #7 of 120 The Greatest Third Basemen of All Time#79 of 85 Great Athletes Who Waited Too Long To Retire

  • Babe Ruth7
    1,674
    596

    Babe Ruth

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    AgeDec. at 53 (1895-1948)

    BirthplacePigtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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    #34 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#548 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

  • Carlton Fisk8
    1,249
    428

    Age72

    BirthplaceBellows Falls, Vermont, United States of America

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    #59 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#7 of 149 The Greatest Catchers of All Time

  • Pedro Martínez9
    1,700
    653

    Pedro Martínez

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    Age48

    BirthplaceManoguayabo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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    #169 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time#19 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

  • Carl Yastrzemski10
    1,792
    702

    Carl Yastrzemski

    Designated hitter, Outfielder

    Age80

    BirthplaceSouthampton, New York, United States of America

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    #238 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#10 of 142 The Greatest Left-Fielders of All Time

  • Bobby Doerr11
    919
    306

    Bobby Doerr

    Second baseman

    Age101

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

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    #6 of 148 The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time#2 of 20 The Best Red Sox Second Basemen of All Time

  • David Ortiz12
    2,222
    936

    David Ortiz

    Designated hitter, First baseman

    Age44

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

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    #438 of 468 The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time#1235 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Mookie Betts13
    934
    317

    Mookie Betts

    Right Fielder

    Age27

  • Dwight Evans14
    808
    295

    Dwight Evans

    Right fielder

    Age68

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

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    #35 of 142 The Greatest Right-Fielders of All Time#49 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time

  • Luis Tiant15
    595
    203

    Luis Tiant

    Pitcher

    Age79

    BirthplaceMarianao, Cuba

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    #140 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time#42 of 177 The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time

  • Roger Clemens16
    1,125
    470

    Age58

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

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    #58 of 71 Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments#11 of 20 The Most Intimidating Athletes in Recent Memory

  • Fred Lynn17
    778
    297

    Fred Lynn

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    Age68

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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    #18 of 174 The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time#118 of 158 The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

  • Jim Rice18
    1,004
    402

    Jim Rice

    Designated hitter, Outfielder

    Age66

    BirthplaceAnderson, South Carolina, United States of America

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    #9 of 50 The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time#36 of 50 The Best Black Baseball Players Of All Time

  • Dennis Eckersley19
    518
    188

    Age65

    BirthplaceOakland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    #15 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#2 of 219 The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

  • Dom DiMaggio20
    510
    197

    Dom DiMaggio

    Center fielder

    AgeDec. at 92 (1917-2009)

    BirthplaceCalifornia

  • Johnny Pesky21
    625
    254

    Johnny Pesky

    Shortstop, Third baseman

    AgeDec. at 93 (1919-2012)

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

  • Smoky Joe Wood22
    397
    125

    Smoky Joe Wood

    Outfielder, Pitcher

    AgeDec. at 96 (1889-1985)

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

  • Dustin Pedroia23
    951
    456

    Dustin Pedroia

    Second baseman

    Age37

    BirthplaceWoodland, California

  • Manny Ramírez24
    974
    460

    Manny Ramírez

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    Age47

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

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    #25 of 77 The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs#30 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

  • Nomar Garciaparra25
    759
    330

    Nomar Garciaparra

    Infielder, Shortstop

    Age46

    BirthplaceWhittier, California, United States of America

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    #70 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#27 of 132 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time