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The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time

Updated April 24, 2020 72.3k votes 5.2k voters 74.0k 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
    2,526
    653

    Ted Williams

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

  • Cy Young2
    1,852
    547

    Cy Young

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceGilmore, Ohio

  • Jimmie Foxx3
    1,503
    478

    Jimmie Foxx

    First baseman

    BirthplaceSudlersville, Maryland

  • Lefty Grove4
    1,153
    310

    BirthplaceLonaconing, Maryland

  • Tris Speaker5
    1,246
    358

    Tris Speaker

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceHubbard, Texas

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    #12 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#447 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Wade Boggs6
    1,382
    464

    Wade Boggs

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, United States of America

  • Babe Ruth7
    1,755
    612

    Babe Ruth

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplacePigtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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    #34 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#116 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • Carlton Fisk8
    1,309
    451

    BirthplaceBellows Falls, Vermont, United States of America

  • Carl Yastrzemski9
    1,856
    751

    Carl Yastrzemski

    Designated hitter, Outfielder

    BirthplaceSouthampton, New York, United States of America

  • Bobby Doerr10
    977
    308

    Bobby Doerr

    Second baseman

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

  • Pedro Martínez11
    1,747
    708

    Pedro Martínez

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceManoguayabo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

  • Mookie Betts12
    970
    326

    Mookie Betts

    Right Fielder
  • David Ortiz13
    2,296
    999

    David Ortiz

    Designated hitter, First baseman

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

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    #1401 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#436 of 468 The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

  • Dwight Evans14
    831
    314

    Dwight Evans

    Right fielder

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

  • Luis Tiant15
    610
    216

    Luis Tiant

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceMarianao, Cuba

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    #28 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#139 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time

  • Roger Clemens16
    1,158
    497

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

  • Fred Lynn17
    807
    312

    Fred Lynn

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

  • Dennis Eckersley18
    542
    190

    BirthplaceOakland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    #15 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#77 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

  • Jim Rice19
    1,034
    435

    Jim Rice

    Designated hitter, Outfielder

    BirthplaceAnderson, South Carolina, United States of America

  • Johnny Pesky20
    661
    256

    Johnny Pesky

    Shortstop, Third baseman

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

  • Smoky Joe Wood21
    411
    125

    Smoky Joe Wood

    Outfielder, Pitcher

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

  • Chris Sale22
    377
    100

    Chris Sale

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceLakeland, Florida

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    #44 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time#33 of 273 The Top Current Baseball Players

  • Dom DiMaggio23
    534
    202

    Dom DiMaggio

    Center fielder

    BirthplaceCalifornia

  • Dustin Pedroia24
    978
    476

    Dustin Pedroia

    Second baseman

    BirthplaceWoodland, California

  • Manny Ramírez25
    1,002
    487

    Manny Ramírez

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic