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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
1,281 237
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder

2
912 188
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

3
662 123
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
First baseman

4
890 308
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

5
1,172 408
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

6
871 282
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

7
750 215
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

8
546 135
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

9
469 92
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

10
600 218
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Catcher

11
395 112
Bobby Doerr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Second baseman

12
571 227
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Third baseman

13
536 229
Jim Rice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

14
325 94
Johnny Pesky is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Shortstop, Third baseman

15
536 215
Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Second baseman

16
413 149
Dwight Evans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder

17
577 225
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

18
379 143
Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

19
516 225
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

20
418 163
Nomar Garciaparra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Infielder, Shortstop, Third baseman

21
405 168
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Catcher

22
341 90
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

23
396 82
Mookie Betts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
CMCSS03 added

24
409 184
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

25
260 87
Joe Cronin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Manager, Shortstop

26
291 76
Dom DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Center fielder

27
296 111
Tim Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

28
289 90
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time

29
243 92
Tony Conigliaro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder

30
205 65
Rico Petrocelli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Shortstop, Third baseman

31
232 67
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Pitcher

32
261 107
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

33
248 104
Mo Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
First baseman

34
190 76
Mike Lowell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Third baseman

35
240 101
Xander Bogaerts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
mkeith.peel added

36
214 139
Josh Beckett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

37
162 71
Jim Lonborg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
kashclicks added Pitcher

38
219 136
Johnny Damon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

39
239 126
Kevin Youkilis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Infielder, First baseman, Third baseman

40
226 120
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time

41
99 11
Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

42
137 46
Reggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

43
152 56
Bill Lee is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Pitcher

44
152 80
Mike Greenwell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder

45
134 49
George Scott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
First baseman

46
154 79
Trot Nixon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Right fielder, Left fielder

47
139 71
Derek Lowe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

48
140 63
Ellis Burks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Center fielder

49
166 87
Koji Uehara is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

50
146 65
Jimmy Collins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time
Third baseman