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2023 Season

Season Recap: In the super-competitive AL East, a couple of bad weeks can send a team tumbling into last place. The Red Sox lost 13 games in the final weeks of May and could not dig their way out. Even so, they won 78 games and got good years out of Rafael Devers, Tristan Casas, Jaren Duran, Brayan Bello, and Josh Winckowski—all of whom are 26 or younger. This gives the team a young core to build around, in addition to veteran stars Alex Verdugo, Masataka Yoshida, Adam Duvall, Chris Sale, and Kenley Jansen. Fenway fans can expect to see some new faces in 2024, and for their beloved Bosox to get back on the winning track.

Season Preview:  Boston fans hope the loss of Xander Bogaerts and JD Martinez to free agency will be balanced by veteran additions Justin Turner, Adam Duvall, Kenley Jansen, and Corey Kluber. The team’s relief pitching, which was a weakness in 2022, is much better this year, but the starting pitching is not. The Red Sox will need big seasons from their stars, led by Rafael Devers and Chris Sale, as well as their rookies, including Triston Casas, to win more games than they lose.

2022 Season

Season Recap: The Red Sox found themselves in unfamiliar territory at the end of 2022—in last place. Boston went 78–84 a year after coming within striking distance of the World Series and the fans at Fenway Park were not happy. The team played well early, but fell apart in the second half, including a 28–5 home loss to the Blue Jays. Infielders Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts had big years at the plate, but sluggers Trevor Story and JD Martinez fell short of their usual numbers.

Season Preview: The arrival of slugging Trevor Story is the big news in Boston heading into 2022. He teams with infielders Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers to give the Red Sox one of the hardest-hitting infields in the league. J.D. Martinez and Kiké Hernandez round out a batting order that should produce plenty of runs. Nathan Eovaldi and Nick Pivetta figure to give Boston lots of quality innings as fans wait for pitching ace Chris Sale to return to health. If and when he does, the Red Sox could be a very dangerous playoff team.

2021 Season

Season Recap: The Red Sox finished an up-and-down season with 92 wins and a Wild Card slot. They blew out the Yankees and overwhelmed the Rays to reach the ALCS, but the Astros were even hotter and defeated them 4 games to 2. A patchwork pitching staff was held together by starter Nathan Eovaldi and Eduardo Rodriguez, but hitting was the big story in Fenway Park. Six different Red Sox clubbed 20 or more home runs, led by Rafael Devers, who had 38 homers and 113 RBIs in an MVP-quality season. Clutch hitting by Hunter Renfroe, JD Martinez, Alex Verdugo, Xander Bogaerts, and Kiké Hernandez provided countless thrills in the regular season and playoffs. 

April 4, 2021: Marwin Gonzalez became the first player in history to start at four different positions in the first four games of the season. Gonzalez manned first, second, third and left field in Boston’s first four games.

Season Preview: If pitchers Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez stay healthy in 2021, the Red Sox will win more games than they lose. Will they make the playoffs in a tough division? That may depend on JD Martinez, Rafael Devers, and Xander Bogaerts—along with newcomers Marwin Gonzalez and Kike Hernandez, who will have to make up for the loss of Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi.

2020 Season

Season Recap: Injuries destroyed Boston’s season and cost manager Ron Roenicke his job. The Red Sox got good years from Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, and Alex Verdugo. And Jackie Bradley Jr. made an amazing play in center field almost every week. A 1–9 record against the arch-rival Yankees made a difficult season for Fenway fans even worse.

September 08, 2020: Bobby Dalbec homered in a 5–2 win over the Phillies. It was Dalbec’s fourth game in a row with a home run—a new record for Boston rookies.

Season Preview: Boston fans will be rooting for batting stars Rafael Devers, JD Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts in 2020, but they may not have much to cheer about when it comes to pitching. Age and injuries have forced the team to rely on some unfamiliar faces, including Martin Perez and Zach Godley. Chris Sale, the leader of the starting staff, underwent season-ending surgery in March.

2019 Season

Season Recap: 2018 MVP Mookie Betts didn’t get much to hit in 2019, but still had a good season—leading the AL in runs scored and playing an amazing right field. The breakout star for Boston was 22-year-old Rafael Devers, who led the team in hits and average, and was tops in the AL in total bases. The rest of the lineup was good, too, but the Red Sox did not get the pitching they had during their championship run lasts season. Chris Sale and David Price spent long stretches on the injured list and no one stepped up to replace Craig Kimbrel as the closer.

August 13, 2019: Rafael Devers became the first player to go 6-for-6 in a game with four doubles.

Season Preview: Boston defends its world championship minus its best relief pitcher, Craig Kimbrel, who became a free agent. Otherwise, the Red Sox look like a good bet to win another pennant. There are no easy outs in the everyday lineup and the starting pitching is excellent. MVP Mookie Betts and left-handed ace Chris Sale are supported by All-Stars JD Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, David Price and new leadoff hitter Andrew Benintendi.

2018 Season

Season Recap: The Red Sox defeated the Dodgers in the World Series to win their fourth championship since 2004. Boston won 108 games under its “rookie” manager, Alex Cora—the first time they had won 100 games since 1946. Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Chris Sale started the All-Star Game for the AL, with Betts winning the batting title and Martinez leading the league in RBIs. The Red Sox were at their best when everyone contributed. Jackie Bradley was named MVP of the League Championship Series, Steve Pearce was MVP of the World Series, and pitcher Nathan Eovaldi pitched heroically throughout September and October.

May 5, 2018: Craig Kimbrel recorded his 300th save against the Rangers at the age of 29. No one in history reached 300 saves faster.

Season Preview: There is no rest for enemy pitchers when they face the Red Sox. The lineup is stocked with good hitters from top to bottom, including Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Hanley Ramirez, and newcomer J.D. Martinez. The starting staff, led by Chris Sale, is the best in the league, while closer Craig Kimbrel is lights-out most games. Boston’s only weakness may be health—Dustin Pedroia starts the year with a bad knee and pitcher David Price is coming back from a sore elbow.

2017 Season

Season Recap: Boston finished atop the AL East for the second year in a row. Young hitters Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogarts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Mookie Betts helped the team score many late-inning comebacks in the season’s final weeks. Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz tied for the club lead with 17 victories. The Red Sox lost to the Astros in the first round of the playoffs.

September 20, 2017: Chris Sale fanned 13 Orioles to become the first AL pitcher with 300 strikeouts in the 21st century. He would finish with 308 for the season.

May 31, 2017: Chris Sale tied his own AL record by striking out 10 or batters for the eighth game in a row.

2016 Season

November 1, 2016: The Red Sox scored almost 200 more runs than they allowed in 2016 and won the AL East. Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley and Rick Porcello emerged as major stars, while old-timer David Ortiz had one of history’s greatest “farewell” seasons with 38 home runs and 127 RBIs. Porcello led the league with 22 victories and won the Cy Young Award. Boston looked like a sure thing to win the pennant until the playoffs, when the Red Sox lost to the red-hot Cleveland Indians.

May 14, 2016: David Oritz smacked his 600th double in a game against the Astros. He joined Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds as the only players in history with 500 homers and 600 doubles.

2015 Season

October 6, 2015: The Red Sox struggled for the second year in a row. David Oritz led the club with 37 homers and 108 RBIs, while Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts had breakout years. However, Boston missed pitchers Jon Lester and John Lackey, who helped their new teams reach the playoffs.

April 5, 2015: The Red Sox have several talented pitchers, but will one step up to become the ace of the staff? Newcomers Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez will give the team a hitting boost, and young Mookie Betts is ready to become a star. It will probably come down to pitching for Boston this year.

2014 Season

November 1, 2014: Defending a championship is one of the toughest challenges in baseball. The Red Sox found out just how tough when they won a mere 71 games after their World Series victory in 2013. David Ortiz and Duston Pedroia swung hot bats, but their teammates failed to live up to expectations. Late in the year, the team traded John Lackey and Jon Lester. The players they received in return should help them return to form in 2015.

March 31, 2014: David Ortiz drove in his 1,500th run in a game against the Blue Jays. Only 52 other players had reached this mark.

March 31, 2014: One of the hardest things to do in baseball is win back-to-back championships. The Red Sox should get good pitching again this year, but the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees and the age of stars David Ortiz and Koji Uehara could prevent Boston from finishing atop the AL East.

2013 Season

October 30, 2013: After two disappointing seasons, the Red Sox bounced back to win the World Series. They became the second team in history to go from “worst to first” by beating the Cardinals 4 games to 2. The team had a new hero almost every game, but their standout performers in the postseason included Koji Uehara, David Ortiz and John Lackey. Lackey became the first pitcher to win clinching World Series games for two different teams, while Oritz batted .688 against St. Louis and was named World Series MVP. The Red Sox celebrated their first World Series win at Fenway Park since 1918.

September 7, 2013: Seven different Red Sox hit home runs in a victory over the Detroit Tigers. This tied the AL record. The Reds still hold the major league record with eught players homering in one game.

July 10, 2013: David Ortiz stroked a double against the Mariners for his 1,699th hit as a Designated Hitter. That broke the all-time record held by Harold Baines.

March 30, 2013: Rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. made headlines with a monster spring training, but it will be veterans like Justin Pedroia and David Ortiz—and newcomers Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino—who the club will depend on most. Fans hope that ace Jon Lester regains the form he had before a poor 2012 season.

2012 Season

October 3, 2012: The Red Sox finished fifth in the AL East after a long and difficult season. Injuries struck the lineup hard, and by the end of the summer three of their best players—Adrian Hernandez, Carl Crawford, and Kevin Youkilis—had been traded away. Boston will look to rebuild for 2013 around experienced stars like Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Jon Lester.

August 21, 2012: Eight days after Boston legend Johnny Pesky passed away, every player on the Red Sox took the field against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim wearing Pesky’s old uniform number 6.

July 4, 2012: David “Big Papi” Ortiz socked the 400th homer of his career in a game against the Oakland A’s. The last player to hit his 400th in a Boston uniform was Manny Ramirez in 2005.

April 20, 2012: Fenway Park turned 100 years old. The Green Monster has been part of the ballpark since it opened in 1912, but it was not painted green until 1947. Before that, the wall had been covered by advertising signs.

March, 2012: The Red Sox remade their bullpen over the winter. Jonathan Papelbon is now pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies. In his place are Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon. They saved a total of 44 games for the Oakland A’s and Houston Astros in 2011.

More Go-To Guys

Cy Young holds one of the many trophies he won during his career. Back then Boston actually had a Red Sock on its uniform. (Author’s Collection)

The Red Sox had a lot of famous players in their early days, but when you read old newspaper articles about the team, Larry Gardner’s name comes up again and again. Other teams really respected him as a hitter. (Recruit)

This is a great old picture of Babe Ruth taken when he was in his early 20s. Ever wonder what would have happened had the Red Sox not sent him to New York? (Author’s Collection)

This Bobby Doerr card is from 1950, when not very many people had TVs. It was made by Drake’s, which still makes Yodels and Ring-Dings—you know, health food! (Hostess Brands)

Americans were totally fascinated by Jackie Jensen. How many athletes end up on magazine covers with their wife and child in a swimming pool? (JTE Multimedia)

Pete Runnels supposedly gave a young teammate named Carl Yastrzemski some good tips on raising his batting average. Way to go, Pete! (Topps, Inc.)

Luis Tiant was supposed to be washed-up when he got to Boston. Tell that to the Cincinnati Reds—Tiant beat them twice in the 1975 World Series. (Topps, Inc.)

If I had a vote, I’d put Dwight Evans in the Hall of Fame. He was a lot better ballplayer than a lot of guys in there now. Plus I have his autograph, so it would be worth a lot more! (Author’s Collection)

My friends who are Red Sox fans loved Nomar Garciaparra as much as any player since Carl Yastrzemski. They used to call him “NO-mah.” (Black Book Partner/John Klein)

Jacoby Ellsbury takes a hack during the 2007 World Series. Boston fans were disappointed when he didn’t win the AL MVP Award in 2011. (Author’s Collection)

  • Cy Young — Pitcher
    Born: 3/29/1967
    Died: 11/4/1955
    Played for Team: 1901 to 1908
    When Cy Young joined the team in 1901, it was one of the great triumphs for the new American League. Although the superstar pitcher was already in his mid-30s, Young led the AL in wins three years in a row threw 38 shutouts for Boston during his eight seasons.

  • Buck Freeman — Outfielder & First Baseman
    Born: 10/30/1871
    Died: 6/25/1949
    Played for Team: 1901 to 1907
    Buck Freeman was a small player with a big bat. He was the AL’s top power hitter in its early years. Freeman led the league in triples, homers, RBIs, and total bases during his years in Boston and helped the club win two pennants.

  • Tris Speaker — Outfielder
    Born: 4/4/1888
    Died: 12/8/1958
    Played for Team: 1907 to 1915
    Many fans regarded Tris Speaker as the AL’s best all-around player when he was with the Red Sox. More than a century later, historians still rank him among the Top 20 players in history.

  • Larry Gardner — Third Baseman
    Born: 5/13/1886
    Died: 3/11/1976
    Played for Team: 1908 to 1917
    Larry Gardner was a hard-hitting third baseman with great speed and a good glove. He got the winning hit in the 1912 World Series.

  • Joe Wood — Pitcher
    Born: 10/25/1889
    Died: 7/27/1985
    Played for Team: 1908 to 1915
    “Smokey Joe” Wood used his blazing fastball to pitch 10 shutouts and win 34 games in 1912. An arm injury the following year robbed him of his best pitch, but he was still one of the AL’s best hurlers for many years. Wood gave up pitching after Boston traded him to the Cleveland Indians—and became one of the game’s best right fielders!

  • Babe Ruth — Pitcher & Outfielder
    Born: 2/6/1895
    Died: 8/16/1948
    Played for Team: 1914 to 1919
    Before Babe Ruth was the AL’s top slugger with the New York Yankees, he was the league’s best left-handed pitcher with the Red Sox. Ruth went 89–46 with a 2.19 ERA for Boston. He gave up three runs in 31 innings in World Series play. In 1918 and 1919, the Red Sox let Ruth split time between the mound and the outfield. He led the AL in homers both years.

  • Lefty Grove — Pitcher
    Born: 3/16/1900
    Died: 5/22/1975
    Played for Team: 1934 to 1941
    Lefty Grove no longer had his overpowering fastball when he joined the Red Sox, but he still knew how to get batters out. Grove led the league in ERA four times with Boston despite pitching in one of baseball’s smallest parks.

  • Bobby Doerr — Second Baseman
    Born: 4/7/1918
    Played for Team: 1937 to 1951
    Bobby Doerr joined the Red Sox as a teenager and quickly became one of their most valuable players. He reached double-figures in doubles, triples and homers four different times and knocked in over 100 runs in six seasons. Doerr was an All-Star nine times for the Red Sox.

  • Mel Parnell — Pitcher
    Born: 6/13/1922
    Played for Team: 1947 to 1956
    Mel Parnell was the team’s best pitcher in the years after World War II and one of baseball’s top left-handers. He won 25 games in 1949 and 21 in 1953. From 1948 to 1953, Parnell had 109 victories.

  • Vern Stephens — Shortstop
    Born: 10/23/1920
    Played for Team: 1948 to 1952
    Vern Stephens loved hitting with runners on base. In his first three season with the Red Sox, he drove in 440 runs and led the AL in RBIs twice.

  • Jackie Jensen — Outfielder
    Born: 3/9/1927
    Died: 7/14/1982
    Played for Team: 1954 to 1961
    Jackie Jensen could have been a superstar in the NFL, but he chose a baseball career instead. He used his power and speed to become an All-Star. He led the league in RBIs three times with the Red Sox and was named AL MVP in 1958. Jensen quit baseball at age 34 because he was terrified of flying and could no longer make road trips with the team.

  • Pete Runnels — First Baseman & Second Baseman
    Born: 1/28/1928
    Died: 5/20/1991
    Played for Team: 1958 to 1962
    Pete Runnels won two batting championships during his five years with the Red Sox. He was a master at waiting for exactly the pitch he wanted and then slapping it through a hole in the defense.

  • Rico Petrocelli — Shortstop & Third Baseman
    Born: 6/27/1943
    Played for Team: 1963 to 1976
    Rico Petrocelli was one of Boston’s most beloved athletes. He was the AL’s best power-hitting shortstop in the 1960s. He also led the league in fielding twice. Petrocelli set a record for shortstops when he hit 40 homers in 1969. After moving to third base, he became one of the top-fielding players at that position.

  • Tony Congliaro — Outfielder
    Born: 1/7/1945
    Died: 2/24/1990
    Played for Team: 1964 to 1970 & 1975
    After Tony Conigliaro led the AL in homers at the age of 30, many experts believed he would finish his career with 500 or more home runs. His career almost ended in 1967 when he was hit in the eye by a pitch. “Tony C” made a heroic comeback, but his eyesight never recovered and he retired at the age of 30.

  • Reggie Smith — Outfielder
    Born: 4/2/1945
    Played for Team: 1966 to 1973
    Reggie Smith’s quick bat and powerful throwing arm helped him become an All-Star for the Red Sox. He led the AL in doubles twice and had the most total bases in 1971.

  • Luis Tiant — Pitcher
    Born: 11/23/1940
    Played for Team: 1971 to 1978
    The Red Sox took a chance on 31-year-old Luis Tiant after he hurt his arm. He rewarded them with 121 victories from 1972 to 1978. Tiant drove hitters crazy with his strange and unpredictable pitching style.

  • Dwight Evans — Outfielder
    Born: 11/3/1951
    Played for Team: 1972 to 1991
    “Dewey” Evans played 19 years in Boston and retired as one of the team’s greatest all-around players. He won eight Gold Gloves as a right fielder and was also a patient hitter. Evans retired with 379 home runs as a member of the Red Sox—fourth behind Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, and Jim Rice.

  • Fred Lynn — Outfielder
    Born: 2/3/1952
    Played for Team: 1974 to 1980
    After Fred Lynn was named Rookie of the Year and AL MVP in the same season, Boston fans believed that he would follow in the footsteps of Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski. Lynn won a batting title and four Gold Gloves with the Red Sox, but his fearless play led to injuries that shortened his career.

  • Nomar Garciaparra — Shortstop
    Born: 7/23/1973
    Played for Team: 1996 to 2004
    Like Fred Lynn, Nomar Garciaparra also battled injuries during his time in Boston. When he was healthy, he was spectacular. Garciaparra led the AL in hits in his first full season and won batting championships in 1999 and 2000.

  • Johnny Damon — Outfielder
    Born: 11/5/1973
    Played for Team: 2002 to 2005
    Johnny Damon looked like a caveman but ran like a gazelle. He scored 461 runs in four seasons with the Red Sox and was the leader of Boston’s remarkable 2004 championship team.

  • Kevin Youkilis — First Baseman & Third Baseman
    Born: 3/15/1979
    Played for Team: 2004 to 2012
    Coaches often yell, “A walk is as good as a hit!” That old saying fit Kevin Youkilis perfectly. He became an All-Star with his ability to reach base.

  • Jon Lester — Pitcher
    Born: 1/7/1984
    Played for Team: 2006 to 2014
    Jon Lester beat cancer as a rookie, so beating major-league opponents didn’t seem that hard once he returned to the mound. Within a year after rejoining the Red Sox, he twirled a no-hitter and established himself as the league’s top lefty. Entering 2012, Lester never had a losing season in the big leagues.

  • Jacoby Ellsbury — Outfielder
    Born: 9/11/1983
    Played for Team: 2007 to 2013
    When the Red Sox scouted Jacoby Ellsbury in college, they believed he would combine speed and power like few other players in baseball. In 2011, he proved them right. Ellsbury smashed 32 homers and stole 39 bases and led the AL with 364 total bases.

  • Xander Bogaerts — Shortstop
    Born: 10/1/1992
    First Season with Team: 2013
    The Red Sox have had many talented shortstop in their history, but few have combined power, speed, and defense like Xander Bogarts. He was a key to Boston’s championships in 2013 and 2018.

More Fun Facts

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    When Nomar Garciaparra arrived in Boston, many fans wondered where he got his unusual name. Nomar is actually the backwards spelling of his father’s name, Ramon.

    Pete Runnels never got tired of collecting base hits. That is how he won two batting titles with the Red Sox. However, he nearly wore himself out in a 1960 doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. Runnels went 6-for-7 in the first game, and then 3-for-4 in the second game. His 9 hits that day tied a big-league record.

    When Jon Lester threw a no-hitter in 2008, catcher Jason Varitek was behind the plate. This was nothing new for the veteran catcher. He had already caught Red Sox no-hitters by Hideo Nomo, Derek Lowe, and Clay Buchholz. Varitek became the first player to catch four no-hitters in major league history.

    Ted Williams was famous for his hitting on the baseball diamond and his flying during World War II and the Korean War. After he retired, however, Williams became just as famous for being a sports fisherman. He hosted his own television show and was inducted into the Fishing Hall of Fame in Florida.

League Leaders

I spent a week in Tony Conigliaro’s hometown during the summer of 1970, when he was one of the hottest hitters in the AL. People there were going nuts. (Topps, Inc.)

I’m still not sure how Bill Mueller won the batting championship in 2003. I think he batted 8th or 9th in the lineup most of the year. (Topps, Inc.)

Ken Harrelson signed this card—one of the few that shows him in a Red Sox uniform. He led the AL in RBIs in 1968 and finished third behind Denny McLain and Bill Freehan in the MVP voting. It was his only full season with the Red Sox. (Pacific Trading Cards)

This photo of Josh Beckett was obviously taken on one of his days off. He is normally a very intense competitor. (Black Book Partners)

Tex Hughson was the team’s best pitcher during the 1940s. This picture is from a Cuban magazine. (Author’s Collection)

Some say Pedro Martinez was the best pitcher the Red Sox ever had. They may have a point. (Black Book Partners)

  • Home Runs
    1903 — Buck Freeman — 13
    1910 — Jake Stahl — 10
    1912 — Tris Speaker — 10
    1918 — Babe Ruth — 11
    1919 — Babe Ruth — 29
    1939 — Jimmie Foxx — 35
    1941 — Ted Williams — 37
    1942 — Ted Williams — 36
    1947 — Ted Williams — 32
    1949 — Ted Williams — 43
    1965 — Tony Conigliaro — 32
    1967 — Carl Yastrzemski — 44
    1977 — Jim Rice — 39
    1978 — Jim Rice — 46
    1981 — Dwight Evans — 22*
    1983 — Jim Rice — 39
    1984 — Tony Armas — 43
    2004 — Manny Ramirez — 43
    2006 — David Ortiz — 54

    * The 1981 season was shortened by a labor dispute.

  • Batting Average
    1932 — Dale Alexander — .367*
    1938 — Jimmie Foxx — .349
    1941 — Ted Williams — .406
    1942 — Ted Williams — .356
    1947 — Ted Williams — .343
    1948 — Ted Williams — .369
    1950 — Billy Goodman — .354
    1957 — Ted Williams — .388
    1958 — Ted Williams — .328
    1960 — Pete Runnels — .320
    1952 — Pete Runnels — .326
    1963 — Carl Yastrzemski — .321
    1967 — Carl Yastrzemski — .326
    1968 — Carl Yastrzemski — .301
    1979 — Fred Lynn — .333
    1981 — Carney Lansford — .336
    1983 — Wade Boggs — .361
    1985 — Wade Boggs — .368
    1986 — Wade Boggs — .357
    1987 — Wade Boggs — .363
    1988 — Wade Boggs — .366
    1999 — Nomar Garciaparra — .357
    2000 — Nomar Garciaparra — .372
    2002 — Manny Ramirez — .349
    2003 — Bill Mueller — .326
    2018 — Mookie Betts — .346

    * Dale Alexander also played with the Detroit Tigers in 1932.

  • Runs Batted In
    1902 — Buck Freeman — 121
    1903 — Buck Freeman — 104
    1938 — Jimmie Foxx — 175
    1939 — Ted Williams — 145
    1942 — Ted Williams — 137
    1947 — Ted Williams — 114
    1949 — Ted Williams & Vern Stephens — 159
    1950 — Walt Dropo & Vern Stephens — 144
    1955 — Jackie Jensen — 116
    1958 — Jackie Jensen — 122
    1959 — Jackie Jensen — 112
    1963 — Dick Stuart — 118
    1967 — Carl Yastrzemski — 121
    1968 — Ken Harrelson — 109
    1978 — Jim Rice — 139
    1983 — Jim Rice — 126
    1984 — Tony Armas — 123
    1995 — Mo Vaughn — 126
    2005 — David Ortiz — 148
    2006 — David Ortiz — 137
    2016 — David Ortiz — 127*
    2018 — J.D. Martinez — 130

    *Tied with another player

  • Stolen Bases
    1928 — Buddy Myer — 30
    1934 — Bill Werber — 40
    1935 — Bill Werber — 29
    1937 — Ben Chapman — 35
    1950 — Dom DiMaggio — 15
    1954 — Jackie Jensen — 22
    1973 — Tommy Harper — 54
    2008 — Jacoby Ellsbury — 50
    2009 — Jacoby Ellsbury — 70
    2013 — Jacoby Ellsbury — 52

    * Ben Chapman also played with the Washington Senators in 1937.

  • Wins
    1901 — Cy Young — 33
    1902 — Cy Young — 32
    1903 — Cy Young — 28
    1912 — Joe Wood — 34
    1935 — Wes Ferrell — 25
    1942 — Tex Hughson — 22
    1949 — Mel Parnell — 25
    1955 — Frank Sullivan — 18
    1967 — Jim Lonborg — 22
    1986 — Roger Clemens — 24
    1987 — Roger Clemens — 20
    1999 — Pedro Martinez — 23
    2004 — Curt Schilling — 21
    2007 — Josh Beckett — 20
    2016 — Rick Porcello — 22

  • Strikeouts
    1901 — Cy Young — 158
    1942 — Tex Hughson — 113
    1967 — Jim Lonborg — 246
    1988 — Roger Clemens — 291
    1991 — Roger Clemens — 241
    1996 — Roger Clemens — 257
    1999 — Pedro Martinez — 313
    2000 — Pedro Martinez — 284
    2001 — Hideo Nomo — 220
    2002 — Pedro Martinez — 239
    2017 — Chris Sale — 308

  • Earned Run Average
    1901 — Cy Young — 1.62
    1914 — Dutch Leonard — 0.96
    1915 — Joe Wood — 1.49
    1916 — Babe Ruth — 1.75
    1935 — Lefty Grove — 2.70
    1936 — Lefty Grove — 2.81
    1938 — Lefty Grove — 3.08
    1939 — Lefty Grove — 2.54
    1972 — Luis Tiant — 1.91
    1986 — Roger Clemens — 2.48
    1990 — Roger Clemens — 1.93
    1991 — Roger Clemens — 2.62
    1992 — Roger Clemens — 2.41
    1994 — Roger Clemens — 2.85
    1999 — Pedro Martinez — 2.07
    2000 — Pedro Martinez — 1.74
    2002 — Pedro Martinez — 2.26
    2003 — Pedro Martinez — 2.22

Playing for the Championship

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1903 Pittsburgh Pirates Won 5–3
1912 New York Giants Won 4–3
1915 Philadelphia Phillies Won 4–1
1916 Brooklyn Robins Won 4–1
1918 Chicago Cubs Won 4–2
1946 St. Louis Cardinals Lost 4–3
1967 St. Louis Cardinals Lost 4–3
1975 Cincinnati Reds Lost Lost 4–3
1986 New York Mets Lost 4–3
2004 St. Louis Cardinals Won 4–0
2007 Colorado Rockies Won 4–0
2013 St. Louis Cardinals Won 4–2
2018 Los Angeles Dodgers Won 4–1

*The 1903 World Series was a best-of-9 format.

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