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The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time

Updated April 24, 2020 71.7k votes 5.1k voters 73.2k 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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  • 1
    Ted Williams
    2,492
    652

    Ted Williams

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

  • 2
    Cy Young
    1,834
    543

    Cy Young

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceGilmore, Ohio

  • 3
    Jimmie Foxx
    1,489
    475

    Jimmie Foxx

    First baseman

    BirthplaceSudlersville, Maryland

  • 4
    Lefty Grove
    1,141
    306

    BirthplaceLonaconing, Maryland

  • 5
    Tris Speaker
    1,235
    353

    Tris Speaker

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceHubbard, Texas

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    #17 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#19 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 6
    Babe Ruth
    1,740
    603

    Babe Ruth

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplacePigtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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    #34 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#550 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • 7
    Wade Boggs
    1,364
    460

    Wade Boggs

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, United States of America

  • 8
    Bobby Doerr
    974
    302

    Bobby Doerr

    Second baseman

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

  • 9
    Carlton Fisk
    1,297
    448

    BirthplaceBellows Falls, Vermont, United States of America

  • 10
    Pedro Martínez
    1,724
    708

    Pedro Martínez

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceManoguayabo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

  • 11
    Carl Yastrzemski
    1,822
    751

    Carl Yastrzemski

    Designated hitter, Outfielder

    BirthplaceSouthampton, New York, United States of America

  • 12
    Mookie Betts
    955
    319

    Mookie Betts

    Right Fielder

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

  • 13
    David Ortiz
    2,254
    994

    David Ortiz

    Designated hitter, First baseman

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

  • 14
    Dwight Evans
    814
    314

    Dwight Evans

    Right fielder

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

  • 15
    Luis Tiant
    601
    213

    Luis Tiant

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceMarianao, Cuba

  • 16
    Fred Lynn
    794
    309

    Fred Lynn

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

  • 17
    Roger Clemens
    1,140
    493

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

  • 18
    Dennis Eckersley
    536
    186

    BirthplaceOakland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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

  • 19
    Johnny Pesky
    657
    252

    Johnny Pesky

    Shortstop, Third baseman

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

  • 20
    Smoky Joe Wood
    406
    122

    Smoky Joe Wood

    Outfielder, Pitcher

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

  • 21
    Jim Rice
    1,020
    433

    Jim Rice

    Designated hitter, Outfielder

    BirthplaceAnderson, South Carolina, United States of America

  • 22
    Chris Sale
    373
    95

    Chris Sale

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceLakeland, Florida

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    #42 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time#84 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

  • 23
    Dom DiMaggio
    531
    199

    Dom DiMaggio

    Center fielder

    BirthplaceCalifornia

  • 24
    Nomar Garciaparra
    774
    342

    Nomar Garciaparra

    Infielder, Shortstop

    BirthplaceWhittier, California, United States of America

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    #68 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#29 of 132 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time

  • 25
    Manny Ramírez
    989
    484

    Manny Ramírez

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic