Listed below are the top fiveRed Sox Career Home Run Hitters
# 1 Ted Williams
# 2 Carl Yastrzemski
# 3 Jim Rice
# 4 Dwight Evans
# 5 Manny Ramirez
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams’ 500th career home run. Ted’s milestone shot came against the Cleveland Indians on June 17, 1960. Cleveland’s starting pitcher, Wynn Hawkings, was off to a 1-0 lead when Williams came up for his second at-bat of the game in the third inning. Number nine launched a 2-1 pitch deep into the left-field stands in Cleveland Stadium. The Red Sox finished the game out strong and came out with a 3-1 win.
Ted joined the Babe Ruth, Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx to be come only the fourth member of this illustrious club. Now the club has 25 members in total, some of which are still active. Click on the image below to check out this slide show we found celebrating all.
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On May 25, 1981, Carl Yastrzemski, nicknamed "Yaz," played in his 3,000th major league game, scoring the winning run in Boston's 8-7 victory over Cleveland. Yastrzemski joined Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, and Hank Aaron as the only major leaguers to appear in 3,000 games.
Carl Michael Yastrzemski was born on August 22, 1939 in Southampton, Long Island. He went on to attend Notre Dame University with a scholarship to play both baseball and basketball. Yastrzemki had some big shoes to fill when he began his major league career with the Boston Red Sox. Red Sox legend Ted Williams retired in 1960 and Yaz arrived in 1961 to succeed him in left field.
1967 was Yastrzemki’s best season. Known for his extraordinary batting style, he went on to win the American League Triple Crown with a .326 batting average, 44 home runs, and 121 RBIs. This year was also the season of the “Impossible Dream” for the Red Sox. The team rebounded from a ninth-place finish a year prior to win the American League pennant on the last day of the season.
Yastrzemski played his entire 23-year career with the Boston Red Sox, wearing number 8. He finally retired after the 1983 season after playing in 3,308 games for Boston, the most appearances by a player in a Red Sox uniform. Elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1989, he is also one of only five former Red Sox players to have his number retired. At the time of this retirement, Yastrzemski was the all-time American League leader in games played (3,308) and accomplished 3,419 hits and 452 home runs.
Awards and Recognitions with the Boston Red Sox:
- All-Star Game MVP - 1970
- Batting Champion - 1963, 1967, 1968
- Batting Triple Crown - 1967
- Gold Glove - 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1977
- Home Run Champion - 1967
- Most Valuable Player - 1967
- RBI Champion - 1967
When Ted Williams retired from the game in 1960, many thought he was headed for a lifetime of fishing. That was the case for a few years until new Washington Senators owner Bob Short came calling. Short wanted, no needed Ted to manage his struggling Senators. Ted wasn't interested. Short tried again. Teddy said no again. Short brought in AL President and former Red Sox manager Joe Cronin for help. Joe called Ted in Florida and told him, "baseball needs you." How could Ted say no to his former manager and a salary of $1.25 million over five years?
On April 7, 1969 Ted Williams managed his first game as the skipper of the Senators. As you would expect from the greatest hitter of all time, Ted's immediate impact on the Senators came with the hitters. In that first season the team's batting average went up by 25 points. The Senators finished the season at 86 - 76, above .500 for the first time in franchise history. Attendance soared and Teddy was voted American League Manager of the Year.
Ted with one of his hitting proteges, Eddie Brinkman.
Unfortunately the following years did not go as well. 1970 brought pitching problems to Washington and the Senators were below .500 once again at 70 - 92. Year three of Teddy's regime was even worse with the club making bad trades and finishing the season with a record of 63 - 96. The honeymoon was over and Bob Short wanted out of Washington. He petitioned and won approval to move the team to Arlington, Texas. Ted spent one year in Texas with the Rangers, hated it and resigned at the end of the 1972 season.
Ted's feelings on his years as a manager can be summed up best with a quote from the man himself:
"Managing is essentially a loser's job, and managers are about the most expendable pieces of furniture on earth."
For more on Ted's managerial career and the Washington Senators, check out Ted Williams and the 1969 Washington Senators: The Last Winning Season by Ted Leavengood.
A couple of weeks ago one of our facebook fans asked us to make a Williams Senators jersey. We haven't been asked for that one much, but we're thinking about it. Anyone else interested?
Yesterday, arguably the greatest hitter in the history of baseball, would have turned 91.
His baseball career is legendary and well chronicled. As fascinating as he was on the field, he seemed to be equally captivating off the field. To learn more about the man and not just the player, we turn to baseball aficionado and historian David Halberstam. In case you are not familar with him, Halberstam has written a number of excellent books on history and baseball. These include October 1964 (about the 1964 World Series between the Yankees and Cardinals) and Summer of '49 (about the 1949 pennant race between the Yankees and Red Sox.). If you are a fan of baseball and have not read these books, we recommend that you do so.
Williams was a hero of Halberstam's and he recounts for us the day that they spent together.
Happy 91st to a man who, by all accounts, earned the right to be called a hero.