A Glance at Greatness: The Boston Red Sox All-Time Team

Ryan SmithCorrespondent IJuly 3, 2009

This is the fourth article in a series dedicated to selecting all-time teams for all 30 current MLB franchises. To view the others, click the link to my sportswriter profile.

Team Name: Boston Red Sox

Year Established: 1901

City: Boston

Ballpark: Fenway Park

Previous Nickname: Americans (1901-1907)

League: American League

Division: AL East

Number of Playoff Appearances: 19

Number of Pennants: 12

World Series Titles: 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, 2004, 2007

 

All-Time Team

Catcher: Carlton Fisk

First Base: Jimmie Foxx

Second Base: Bobby Doerr

Third Base: Wade Boggs

Shortstop: Nomar Garciaparra

Outfield: Tris Speaker, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski

Pitchers: Roger Clemens, Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Lefty Grove, Joe Wood

Bench: Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, Manny Ramirez

 

Recap

The easiest players to pick were the outfield, Boggs, and pitching staff.

The hardest decision was selecting the catcher. It was either Fisk or Jason Varitek. I went with Fisk.

The Red Sox all-time outfield is definitely the best in the series. All three are Hall of Famers, and they all were dominant when they played.

Their pitching staff is also one of the best. They have three 300-game winners, a pitcher who would have been in Cooperstown if not for an injury, and a lefty who not only could pitch but also hit 714 home runs during his career.

This is definitely one of the top five all-time teams.

Next: Chicago Cubs

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