Greatest Red Sox Hitters of All-Time
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The Boston Red Sox have a long and storied history. And in that history, they have had a good balance of sluggers and high batting averages. In particular, Ted Williams, a.k.a. Teddy Ballgame, was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, hitter of all-time. What follows is the Sox' all-time Top 10 in batting average:
Ted Williams (.344)-What can you say about Ted Williams that hasn't been said before a million times? The guy was one of the greatest pure hitters of all-time, Red Sox uniform or otherwise. Williams is the last player to hit over .400 in a single season, .406 in 1941. He won two MVP Awards and was in the running for many more. Williams played his entire career in Boston (1939-1960) and leads the Sox all-time with a .344 batting average. That also ranks him seventh in big league history. Williams' best season was that '41 campaign, when in addition to batting .406, he hit 37 home runs with 120 runs batted in.
Wade Boggs (.338)-Third baseman Wade Boggs was an awesome hitter right from the time he stepped foot in Boston and throughout his career. Boggs played for the Sox from 1982 to 1992, and ranks second in team history with a .338 batting average with the team. Boggs' best season in a Boston uniform was 1987, when he hit .363 with 24 homers, 89 RBI, 40 doubles, and 200 hits.
Tris Speaker (.337)-Outfielder Tris Speaker played in Boston from 1907 to 1915 before moving on to Cleveland for several years. Speaker ranks third in Sox history with a .337 batting average, but leads Williams in all-time batting average by a few percentage points. Speaker had his best season with the Sox in 1912, when he won the MVP Award with a .383 batting average, 10 homers, 90 runs batted in, 222 hits, 53 doubles, 12 triples and 52 stolen bases. Wow.
Nomar Garciaparra (.323)-Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra was sort of a cult figure in Boston, as he was one of the leaders of that great team of the late ‘90's and early millennium that also featured pitcher Pedro Martinez as its ace pitcher. Garciaparra ranks fourth in Sox history with a .323 batting average in Boston, and his career best was a .372 mark in 2000. But Garciaparra's best overall season was 1998, when he hit .323 with 35 homers and 122 RBI.
Jimmie Foxx (.320)-Jimmie Foxx was one of the game's great sluggers, belting 534 career home runs. He also could hit for average, as his .325 lifetime average will attest to. Foxx hit .320 while with Boston, where he played from 1936 to 1942. His best season in a Sox uniform was 1938, when Foxx won the MVP Award by batting .349 with 50 home runs, 175 RBI (career high), 33 doubles and a .704 slugging percentage.
Pete Runnels (.320)-Infielder Pete Runnels played for the Sox from 1958 to 1962, but over that time hit .320, ranking him sixth in team history in batting average. Runnels had his best season in a Sox uniform, in 1962, when he hit a career high .326 with 10 home runs (also a career best) and 60 runs batted in.
Roy Johnson (.313)-Outfielder Roy Johnson played for a few different teams over his 10-year career, and was with the Sox from 1932 to 1935. Johnson hit .313 in Boston, ranking him seventh in team history, and his best season there was 1934, when he hit a career best .320 with 7 home runs, 119 RBI (also a career high), 43 doubles and 10 triples.
Johnny Pesky (.313)-Infielder Johnny Pesky played for Boston for most of his career, from 1942-1952, and missed 1943-45 while serving in World War II. Pesky hit .313 for Boston, which ranks him eighth in team history, and his best season was 1946, when he hit .335 (career high) with 2 home runs, 55 RBI, 208 hits and 43 doubles.
Manny Ramirez (.312)-Manny Ramirez is one of those players who hits for both power and average, if you can look past some of his shortcomings. One of those is being a disruption in the clubhouse, which is why Ramirez was traded in 2008 from Boston to the Los Angeles Dodgers. But during his seven-plus season in a Sox uniform, Ramirez helped the team win two World Series titles, and batted .312 along the way, ranking ninth in team history. Ramirez' best batting average with Boston was 2002, when he hit .349. But his best overall season with the Sox was 2005, when he hit .292 with 45 homers and 144 RBI.
Fred Lynn (.308)-Outfielder Fred Lynn began his career in Boston and played there from 1974 to 1980. Lynn has the rare distinction of winning both the AL Rookie of the Year and MVP Awards in 1975. He also ranks tenth in Sox history with a .308 batting average with the team. Lynn's best season in a Sox uniform was 1979, with career highs in batting average (.333), home runs (39) and runs batted in (122).