In 1914 the Boston Red Sox purchased Ruth and made him a pitcher with their Providence farm club. After winning 22 games he returned to Boston. Ruth was one of the best in the American League from 1915-1917. He won 18 games for the Red Sox in 1915 and 23 games in 1916 to lead the Red Sox to a pennant. In 1918, he moved primarily to the outfield but still had a pitching record of 13-7 for the season. Ruth hit 11 home runs that year as well, which was a remarkable number for that time period. The following year he hit 29 home runs and swatted 114 RBIs. The Red Sox owner, Harry Frazee became financially strapped while putting together a theatrical project and as a result sold Ruth to the New York Yankees for $125,000 in December of 1918. The "Curse of the Bambino" was born and still haunts the Red Sox today.
Ted Williams led AL in batting 6 times, and HRs and RBI 4 times each; won Triple Crown twice (1942,47); 2-time MVP (1946,49); last player to bat .400 when he hit .406 in 1941; Marine Corps combat pilot who missed three full seasons during World War II (1943-45) and most of two others (1952-53) during Korean War; hit .344 lifetime with 521 HRs in 19 years with Boston Red Sox.
|The "Yaz" |
Carl Yastrzemski was born August 22, 1939 in Southhampton, New York. He played for the Boston Red sox from 1961 through 1983. Voted as the 1967 Most Valuable Player, he has an unbelievable career and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989.