The 5 Greatest Red Sox of All Time

Living in New England makes it pretty hard to escape being a Red Sox nut…We have had roaring debates in the Healit™ office about who the best Red Sox of all time are! Here’s what we came up with. Do you agree? Who do you think we missed?

1. Ted Williams
Date of Birth: August 30. 1918
Position: Designated Hitter and Left Fielder
Red Sox Career: 1939 – 1942 and 1946 – 1960
Number of Games: 2,292
Career Highlights: 19× All-Star (1940–1942, 1946–1951, 1953–60), 2× AL MVP (1946, 1949), 6× AL batting champion (1941, 1942, 1947, 1948, 1957, 1958)

What makes him a legend?
The Red Sox was Williams only team during a playing career that spanned four decades. Williams was famed for his hitting prowess and earned the nicknames; “The Kid”, “The Splendid Splinter”, “The Thumper” and “The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived”.

He finished his playing career with a .344 batting average, 521 home runs, and a 0.482 on-base percentage, the highest of all time. His batting average is the highest of any MLB player with 302 or more home runs.

2. Carl Yastrzemski
Date of Birth: August 22. 1939
Position: Designated Hitter and Left Fielder
Red Sox Career: 1961 – 1983
Number of Games: 3,308
Career Highlights: 18× All-Star (1963, 1965–1979, 1982, 1983), AL MVP (1967), 7× Gold Glove Award (1963, 1965, 1967–1969, 1971, 1977), 3× AL batting champion (1963, 1967, 1968)

What makes him a legend?
Yastrzemski really does have a record that speaks for itself. He is second to Pete Rose on the all-time list for games played and third for total at-bats. He is the Red Sox all-time leader in career RBIs, runs, hits, singles, doubles, total bases, and games played, and is third on the team’s list for home runs behind Ted Williams and David Ortiz.

3. David Ortiz
Date of Birth: November 18. 1975
Position: Designated Hitter and First Baseman
Red Sox Career: 2003 – 2016
Number of Games: 1,953
Career Highlights: 10× All-Star (2004–2008, 2010–2013, 2016), 3× World Series champion (2004, 2007, 2013), World Series MVP (2013)

What makes him a legend?
Quite simply “Big Papi” was the fans favorite. He is larger than life and bought a period of domination to the club.

Ortiz finished his career with 541 home runs – which ranks 17th on the MLB all-time home run list – 1,768 RBIs (22nd all-time) and a .286 batting average. Among designated hitters, he is the all-time leader in MLB history for home runs (485), runs batted in (RBIs) (1,569), and hits (2,192).

4. Pedro Martínez
Date of Birth: October 25. 1971
Position: Pitcher
Red Sox Career: 1998 – 2004
Number of Games: 203
Career Highlights: 5× MLB ERA leader (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003), 3× AL strikeout leader (1999, 2000, 2002), World Series champion (2004), 3× AL strikeout leader (1999, 2000, 2002)

What makes him a legend?
Pedro Martinez came into the prime of his career while with the Red Sox. He is held in high esteem thanks to the records he created with them and for helping spearhead the team to their first World Series in 86 years. He is also the record holder for the lowest single-season WHIP in major league history with 0.737, doing so in 2000.

5. Jimmie Foxx
Date of Birth: October 22. 1907
Position: Designated Hitter and First Baseman
Red Sox Career: 1936 – 42
Number of Games: 887
Career Highlights: 2× World Series champion (1929, 1930), 3× AL MVP (1932, 1933, 1938), Triple Crown (1933), 2× AL batting champion (1933, 1938), 4× AL home run leader (1932, 1933, 1935, 1939)

What makes him a legend?
His consistency. You could truly count on Foxx to deliver. He hit 30 or more home runs in 12 consecutive seasons and drove in more than 100 runs in 13 consecutive years. It was this consistency that saw him become the second player to hit 500 HR following on from Babe Ruth. A pretty esteemed company I think we can all agree!

Nearly men: Cy Young, Jim Rice, Manny Ramirez, Tris Speaker, Roger Clemens, Babe Ruth

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