Yes, we know that this is taking a while!
As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team. We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox were a charter member of the American League in 1901, first called the Boston Americans until they changed their name to the Red Sox in 1908. Boston was the first team to win the modern World Series in 1903, and they were the dominant team of the 1910s, winning four titles in the decade. It was all sunshine and lollipops for the Red Sox, but the “Curse of the Bambino” struck when the Red Sox stupidly sold the contract of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees, shifting the balance of power in the American League.
The Red Sox would be abysmal for years after, and they not win the World Series for the rest of the century. They did have four shots at it, with three American League Pennants (1946, 1967, 1975 and 1986) but they fell short every time. It would not be until 2004, where they won their sixth World Series, and they won three more after (2007, 2013 & 2018).
As for all of our top 50 players in baseball we look at the following:
1. Advanced Statistics.
2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the American League.
3. Playoff accomplishments.
4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.
Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.
This list is updated up until the end of the 2019 Season.
The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article. They are:
1. Ted Williams
4. Wade Boggs
5. Cy Young
We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.
Look for our All-Time Top 50 Chicago White Sox coming next!
As always we thank you for your support.