The 50 Greatest Players in Boston Red Sox History

The 50 Greatest Players in Boston Red Sox History

by Freedman Lew


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The 50 Greatest Players in Boston Red Sox History by Freedman Lew

Boston's American League baseball club thrust itself into the city's consciousness in 1901, and in the century-plus to follow, the team that morphed into the Red Sox became a regional institution. A beloved franchise through its ups and downs, its triumphs and tragedies, the Red Sox are very much part of the fabric of New England. They are like family to the people of Boston. The Red Sox have been blessed with many legends. Some of the greatest players of all time have worn the uniform. Ted Williams, Cy Young and Babe Ruth are on the short lists of all fans as among the best of the best. But others authored great moments as well. Players such as Carl Yastrzemski, Jimmie Foxx, Carlton Fisk and Roger Clemens made memories with their pitches or hits, their historic home runs or their bring-the-heat strikeouts. With a franchise that has been around for 112 years, that plays in iconic Fenway Park, that has won dramatic World Series and been an object of woe through lean years, there is much to review in choosing a top group of players. The 50 Greatest Players in Boston Red Sox History selects and rates this group based on the overall accomplishments of the best players to wear a Red Sox uniform. In addition, it weighs the achievements of those players during their time with the club. It was a challenge to sort out the contributions of those whose careers never came close to overlapping and compare the pros and cons of each man's statistics. This list will likely provoke discussion, though hopefully not serious enough to cause permanent rifts between fans. While the greatest of the Red Sox greats are natural fits for the top group of players, guys who could make any team anywhere, some players from various eras will get a fresh boost and will have more details of their careers exposed to younger generations of fans. Jimmy Collins, Tex Hughson, Bill Dinneen, and Jackie Jensen are among the players who contributed mightily to the Red Sox cause over the years and who should not be overlooked in memory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933822747
Publisher: Camino Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/28/2013
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

LEW FREEDMAN, a veteran journalist, is the author of more than 60 books. He writes a daily column for and is a regular contributor to Big
Leagues Magazine. He has been a sportswriter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago
Tribune, the Anchorage Daily News, and numerous publications in his native Boston.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

1 Ted Williams 5

2 Carl Yastrzemski 11

3 Cy Young 16

4 Carlton Fisk 21

5 Roger Clemens 26

6 Jim Rice 31

7 Wade Boggs 36

8 Bobby Doerr 41

9 David Ortiz 46

10 Dom DiMaggio 51

11 Tris Speaker 56

12 Babe Ruth 60

13 Joe Cronin 64

14 Jimmie Foxx 68

15 Harry Hooper 72

16 Dwight Evans 75

17 Pedro Martinez 78

18 Frank Malzone 81

19 Manny Ramirez 85

20 Lefty Grove 88

21 Jimmy Collins 92

22 Smokey Joe Wood 95

23 Fred Lynn 99

24 Luis Tiant 103

25 Mel Parnell 107

26 Nomar Garciaparra 111

27 Mo Vaughn 114

28 Jonathan Papelbon 117

29 Tony Conigliaro 120

30 Johnny Pesky 124

31 Tim Wakefield 128

32 Jackie Jensen 131

33 Bill Dinneen 134

34 Rico Petrocelli 137

35 Bill Lee 141

36 Jason Varitek 144

37 Dustin Pedroia 146

38 George Scott 148

39 Pete Runnels 150

40 Bill Monbouquette 153

41 Mike Greenwell 156

42 Tex Hughson 158

43 Bob Stanley 160

44 Rick Ferrell 162

45 Billy Goodman 164

46 Reggie Smith 166

47 Ellis Kinder 168

48 Dick Radatz 170

49 Duffy Lewis 173

50 Doc Cramer 175

Sources 177

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