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The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time

Updated April 24, 2020 68.5k votes 5.4k voters 77.9k 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 Williams

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    AgeDec. at 84 (1918-2002)

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

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    #14 of 101 The Most Beloved US Veterans#59 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

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    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

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    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#31 of 56 Athletes Who Won MVP Before Turning 25

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    Pedro Martínez

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    Age49

    BirthplaceManoguayabo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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    #161 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time#129 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

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    Tris Speaker

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    AgeDec. at 70 (1888-1958)

    BirthplaceHubbard, Texas

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    #14 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#27 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

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    AgeDec. at 75 (1900-1975)

    BirthplaceLonaconing, Maryland

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

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    Carl Yastrzemski

    Designated hitter, Outfielder

    Age80

    BirthplaceSouthampton, New York, United States of America

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    #241 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#18 of 316 The Greatest Left Handed Baseball Players of All Time

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    Age73

    BirthplaceBellows Falls, Vermont, United States of America

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    #9 of 149 The Greatest Catchers of All Time#11 of 148 The Best Chicago White Sox of All Time

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    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#110 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

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    David Ortiz

    Designated hitter, First baseman

    Age45

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

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    #1135 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#413 of 448 The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Wade Boggs

    Third baseman

    Age62

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, United States of America

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    #7 of 120 The Greatest Third Basemen of All Time#11 of 12 Baseball Players With The All Time Weirdest Superstitions

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    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

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    Jim Rice

    Designated hitter, Outfielder

    Age66

    BirthplaceAnderson, South Carolina, United States of America

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    #93 of 142 The Greatest Left-Fielders of All Time#9 of 50 The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time

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    Dwight Evans

    Right fielder

    Age68

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

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    Luis Tiant

    Pitcher

    Age79

    BirthplaceMarianao, Cuba

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    #140 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time#29 of 152 The Greatest Hispanic MLB Players Ever

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    Age58

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

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    #57 of 71 Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments#13 of 20 The Most Intimidating Athletes in Recent Memory

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    Mookie Betts

    Right Fielder

    Age28

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    #1 of 67 The Best Current Baseball Players Under 6 Feet Tall#3 of 196 The Top Current Baseball Players

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    Fred Lynn

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    Age68

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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    #117 of 158 The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time#33 of 100 The Best Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of All Time

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    Age65

    BirthplaceOakland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    #15 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#4 of 219 The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

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    Nomar Garciaparra

    Infielder, Shortstop

    Age46

    BirthplaceWhittier, California, United States of America

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    #73 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#28 of 132 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time

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    Dustin Pedroia

    Second baseman

    Age37

    BirthplaceWoodland, California

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    #30 of 34 The Most Overpaid Professional Athletes Right Now#13 of 69 Athletes Who Retired In 2021

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    Manny Ramírez

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    Age48

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

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    #44 of 325 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#39 of 63 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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    Dom DiMaggio

    Center fielder

    AgeDec. at 92 (1917-2009)

    BirthplaceCalifornia

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    Johnny Pesky

    Shortstop, Third baseman

    AgeDec. at 93 (1919-2012)

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

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    #4 of 23 The Best Red Sox Third Basemen of All Time#21 of 48 The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time

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    Xander Bogaerts

    Shortstop

    Age28

    BirthplaceOranjestad, Aruba