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Greatest Red Sox Sluggers Of All Time
Catcher Carlton Fisk may have hit the most memorable home run in Red Sox history (in Game 6 of the '75 World Series), but this list is strictly based on the Sox' all-time leaders in home runs while with the team. Fisk did manage to make honorable mention, but the top ten here were, and are, pretty good sluggers themselves. Enjoy!
Ted Williams-With the nickname, among others, of "Teddy Ballgame," it goes without saying that outfielder Ted Williams was one of the greatest baseball players of all-time, if not THE greatest. He had a lifetime batting average of .344, two triple crowns and two American League MVP awards, but Williams was also a perennial slugger. He belted 521 lifetime home runs, including a career high of 43 with 159 RBI and .343 batting average in 1949. Playing his entire career with Boston, Williams' only postseason appearance was in the 1946 World Series, which the Sox lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. Williams also is the last player to hit over .400 in a season, batting .406 in 1941-and many believe that feat will never be matched.
Carl Yastrzemski-Like Williams, outfielder "Yaz" played his entire career with the Red Sox, from 1961 to 1983. During that time he clubbed 452 home runs with 1844 runs batted in. Yaz' best season was in 1967 when he hit 44 homers, with 121 RBI and a .326 batting average (winning him the Triple Crown and American League MVP). That was also a year in which the Red Sox went the World Series, losing in seven games to the Cardinals. Yaz also played on the 1975 Sox team that reached the World Series and lost to Cincinnati. Along with Baltimore's Brooks Robinson, Yastrzemski had the longest tenure with a single team ever (23 years).
Jim Rice-Jim Rice also played his whole career in Boston, from 1974 to 1989, belting 382 home runs in the process. The outfielder won the AL MVP Award in 1978 when he hit .315 with 46 homers, 139 RBI and 15 triples. Rice played on the 1975 and 1986 Sox teams that reached the World Series but lost to Cincinnati and the New York Mets, respectively. Rice led the American League in homers three times and also won two Silver Slugger Awards (best hitter at a particular position).
Dwight Evans-"Dewey" Evans was a slick fielding outfielder who improved at the plate the longer he played. His best year was 1987, when he hit 34 homers with 123 RBI and a .305 batting average. All told, Evans hit 379 homers as a member of the Red Sox, who he played for from 1972 to 1990 before playing his final season with Baltimore in 1991. He helped form one of the greatest outfields in history along with Jim Rice and Fred Lynn in the seventies, and played on the 1975 and 1986 pennant winning Sox teams.
Manny Ramirez-He's only currently in his seventh season in Boston after coming over as a free agent from Cleveland, but Manny Ramirez already ranks fifth in Red Sox history with 239 career homers in Boston. In 2005, Ramirez hit 45 home runs with 144 RBI, his best numbers with the team. But he also had a great year in 2004 when the Red Sox won it all, hitting 43 homers with 130 RBI and a .308 batting average. He's not the best fielding outfielder (many watch him and think he is downright lazy), but his bat has always made up for that.
Mo Vaughn-Vaughn was a feared slugger and first baseman for the Red Sox in the nineties, racking up 230 long balls while with the team. His best season came in 1996 when he hit .326 with 44 homers and 143 RBI, but it was in the strike shortened 1995 season (39-126-.300) that Vaughn won the American League MVP Award. He was a big reason the Sox reached the playoffs in both 1995 and 1998. After becoming a free agent, Vaughn went on to play for Anaheim and the New York Mets before injuries forced his retirement in 2003.
Bobby Doerr-Though he was regarded as the best fielding second baseman of his time, Bobby Doerr also was a great hitter and played his entire career (1937-1951) with Boston. Doerr clubbed 223 home runs, including a career high of 27 in both 1948 and 1950 and he won the American League MVP Award in 1944. Doerr was nicknamed the "silent captain of the Red Sox" by teammate Ted Williams, because in addition to his power and fielding, Doerr batted over .300 three times and drove in over 100 runs six times.
Jimmie Foxx-Foxx was one of the greatest power hitters of all-time, with 534 lifetime dingers. And while he only played for the Red Sox for seven seasons (1936-1942), Foxx currently ranks eighth all-time with 222 homers as a member of the team. Foxx had one of the most incredible seasons ever while with Boston in 1938, hitting .349 with 50 homers and 175 runs batted in, on his way to claiming a third American League MVP Award. He was recently ranked 15th in The Sporting News' list of the 100 greatest players of all-time.
Rico Petrocelli-Shortstop and third baseman Petrocelli played his whole career with Boston, from 1963-1976, helping lead the team to World Series appearances in both 1967 and 1975. For his career, Petrocelli hit 210 home runs, including a magical year in 1969 when he belted 40 with 97 RBI and a .297 batting average. He also hit two homers in Game 4 of the 1967 World Series, and was a slick fielder (.970 fielding percentage) in addition to having a great bat.
David Ortiz-Known as "Big Papi" and currently one of the top power hitters in baseball, David Ortiz ranks tenth all-time with 181 home runs as a member of the Red Sox. But he is sure to climb higher on this chart over the next few years. Ortiz holds the team record for home runs in a season, with 54 in 2006. He also was a big part of the 2004 team that won a championship. Ortiz has never won an MVP Award, but deserved to in 2006 when he hit .287 with 54 homers and 137 RBI, losing out to the Twins' Justin Morneau. But Big Papi did win the 2004 ALCS MVP, and at the age of 31 likely has many more awards ahead of him.
Honorable Mention: Nomar Garciaparra, Jackie Jensen, Tony Conigliaro, Carlton Fisk, George Scott, Reggie Smith, Trot Nixon, Jason Varitek, Frank Malzone, Mike Greenwell, Fred Lynn