Top 50 Boston Red Sox

An inaugural team when the American League formed in 1901, the Boston Red Sox were first called the Boston Americans, the name they would keep until 1907 when they changed it for good to the Red Sox.

When the first World Series occurred in 1903 with Boston defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates.  They were denied a chance to defend it in 1904 when after winning the pennant, the New York Giants refused to play them, but they won their second World Series in 1912, and the Red Sox would dominate the decade with titles in 1912, 1915, 1916 and 1918.  Despite that success, the Red Sox would unravel quickly, triggered by one of the dumbest transactions in sports history.

Boston sold the contract of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $100,000, and while that was a lot of money back then, it set off a chain of events where the Red Sox were the inferior team to the Yankees for decades.  With the exception of Ted Williams, Boston did not have much to cheer for.  They would win the pennant in 1946, 1967 & 1975 but lost in each of those World Series attempts.  They went back in 1986, but they had a heartbreaking loss to the New York Mets when Mookie Wilson’s ground ball went through the legs of Red Sox’ First Baseman, Bill Buckner.  That would have won them the World Series, and the Red Sox then proceeded to lose Game 7. 

The next century would prove to see the end of the "Curse of the Bambino," and in 2004, they would win the World Series.  Boston continued to have success with championships in 2007, 2013 & 2018.


This list is up to the end of the 2019 season.

Note: Baseball lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics, and post-season accolades.

Were you expecting someone else? As incredible as Ted Williams was, it is lost a bit, as to just how good he was.  Part of this because so much time has passed; part because his Red Sox only won one American League Pennant. 
Carl Yastrzemski literally took over where Ted Williams left off as the premier hitter and Leftfielder for the Boston Red Sox.  Like Williams, Yaz played his entire career with Boston and was unable to win a World Series Championship.
Roger Clemens was one of the most successful Pitchers of all-time, and the legend of the "Rocket" began in Boston, where he was a must-watch attraction at Fenway.
In 1983, Wade Boggs had a really good rookie season, where in 109 Games Played, he batted .349.  Anyone who can approach .350, even in what was roughly two-thirds of a season, is impressive.  After 1983, he proved he could do it in a full one.
The man of which the pitcher of the year was named after, Cy Young had already won 269 Games before the joined the Boston Red Sox (then named Americans) in their inaugural season in 1901.  Young was many players who joined the upstart league, and despite being 34, he was still one of the game’s best pitchers.
The Montreal Expos were a small market team, and as quickly as they developed stars, they were always poised to lose them.  Pedro Martinez won the National League Cy Young Award in 1997, but he was due to be free agent, so the Expos did what they always did.  They traded him for parts.  The Red Sox were the recipients of the deal, and not only did he pick up where he left off, but he also got even better.
There will be a question one day as to just who is the greatest Designated Hitter of all time.  For many, there is no question, as it is David Ortiz.
Playing all but his final season with the Boston Red Sox, Dwight Evans might have been one of the most underrated players of all-time. 
The Hall of Fame career of Tris Speaker began in Boston, where he debuted in 1907.  Entrenched as their starting Centerfielder in 1909, Speaker developed into one of the most outstanding players in his role.  He batted .309, and from then on as a member of the Red Sox, and he would continue to reach that mark, hitting as high as .383 in 1912.  In 1910, Speaker would produce an On Base Percentage of .404, and he would never have a season after that with an OBP under .400 with Boston.  He won the OBP Title in 1912 with a…
Lefty Grove was an elite pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics, and he would win the ERA Title four years in a row, from 1929 to 1932.  In the first three of those years, Grove took the Athletics to three World Series, winning the first two.  His work in Philadelphia was probably enough to earn him a spot in Cooperstown, but in Boston, he had a beautiful end to his career.
Playing all 14 of his Major League seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Bobby Doerr began his career in 1937 and became the permanent Second Baseman the season after.  Throughout his career, he was considered to be among the better defensive infielders of the game.  In 1941, Doerr would be chosen for the first of what would be nine All-Star Games, and for his time, he was one of the better hitting Second Basemen.
Dustin Pedroia debuted in 2006 with the Red Sox two seasons after he was drafted in the second round, and it did not take him long to prove that he belonged in the upper tier of American League players.
Manny being Manny. That happened long before he signed with the Red Sox, after being a four-time All-Star with the Cleveland Indians, but it was at Fenway where the baseball world really began to see him on a national stage.

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Prior to being to dealt to the Red Sox, Jimmie Fox was the offensive star for the Philadelphia Athletics.  It was in Eastern Pennsylvania, where he won his first MVP and would win two World Series Titles.  With the equally cool nicknames of "Double X" and "Beast," the Depression of the 1930s hit Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics hard, and he was essentially sold to the Red Sox.
As of this writing, Mookie Betts is the star of the Boston Red Sox and not only their best player but one of the best in all of Baseball.
We are guessing that some of you are thinking that we are insane on this one.  Frankly, we thought we were too. We will defend this rank with a straightforward fact.
Carlton Fisk played a handful of games in 1969 and 1971, but by 1972, he was anointed the starting Catcher in Boston, and it proved to be an excellent decision.  “Pudge” would win the American League Rookie of the Year by batting .293 with 22 Home Runs, and he was also regarded as a solid defensive player who knew how to handle his pitching staff.
A three-time College World Series Champion at USC (1971-73), Fred Lynn would be drafted in the second round in '73 and was called up to play in 15 Games in 1974.  As it was only a handful of games, he was eligible for the Rookie of the Year in 1975.  He didn’t just win that award; he also captured the MVP. 
The brother of Hall of Famer, Joe DiMaggio, Dom DiMaggio was a very good baseball player in his own right. Nicknamed the "Little Professor" (Which is precisely what he looked like), DiMaggio would be an effective leadoff man from the second he put on a Boston uniform.  He debuted in 1940 and went to the All-Star Game for the next two years.  In both of those years, he had at least 165 Hits, and batted over .280.