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 2020 season.

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

Larry Gardner debuted for the Red Sox in 1908, and he was affixed as the starting Second Baseman in 1910.  Gardner moved to Third the year after, and he was their starter until he was traded to the Philadelphia Athletics after the 1917 season.  He was a steady presence, helping them win three World Series Championships (1912, 1915 & 1916), and he would have two .300 seasons. 

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Mike Greenwell played his entire 12-year career (1985-96) with the Red Sox. 
When Vern Stephens was playing, there were not a lot of Shortstops who could put up power numbers, but Stephens was not your ordinary infielder.
From Aruba, Xander Bogaerts is one of the best players to ever emerge from that Caribbean island. Signed in 2009, Bogaerts made it the Red Sox in 2013, and was an everyday infielder for Boston the following season. Boegarts won the Silver Slugger in 2015, which he followed up the following year with his first All-Star Game. Showing power, Boegarts has had three 20-plus Home Run years, peaking with 33 (with 117 RBIs) in 2019.  That season, Boegarts was fifth in MVP voting and was the All-MLB 1 Selection.  Boegarts was also a key cog in the Red Sox 2018 World Series win. As…
Playing for the Boston Beaneaters in the National League, Buck Freeman often clashed with his Manager, Frank Selee, and he had a poor year after blasting 25 Home Runs the season before with Washington, and setting (a since broken record).  The emergence of the American League, allowed him to leave, though he stayed in Boston to join the Boston Americans.
Before he could reach the Seattle Mariners (the team that drafted him in the 14th Round in 1994), he was traded to the Red Sox on the 1997 trading deadline.  Two years later, he would be Boston's starting Catcher.
When the American League formed in 1901, many players from the National League jumped to the upstart baseball organization.  This included Jimmy Collins, who was playing for the Boston Beaneaters and would leave to join the Boston Americans.  Collins would have a good start for the newer Boston team, batting at least .322 in his first two years, and in 1903, the Americans won the World Series defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates. 
Jacoby Ellsbury was a late 1st Round pick of the 2005 Amateur Draft, and two years later he was an August call-up of the Red Sox.  He would take over at Centerfield for Boston and would help them win the World Series that year, where he batted .438.
An original Boston American, Freddy Parent, jumped from Providence of the Eastern League and would become the starting Shortstop for the team.  Parent batted .306 as a rookie and would have another .300 season with Boston in 1903.  That season, he would help the Americans win the World Series.
Bob Stanley played his entire career with the Boston Red Sox, where the Pitcher was the jack of all trades.
Joining the Red Sox as a Rule 5 Draft Pick for the 1910 season, Duffy Lewis became the starting Leftfielder for the team up until 1917 when he joined the Navy to serve in World War I.  Upon his return, and he was traded to the New York Yankees.
One of the better Red Sox Pitchers of the 1950s for the Red Sox, Frank Sullivan, played the first eight years of his career with the team.