Lately, everyone has talked about their Mount Rushmore in different sports. The one list I haven’t seen is who would be on the Boston Red Sox Mount Rushmore?
I believe every team should have their own Mount Rushmore list of players. So who are the four Red Sox players that have raised above all the others in the organization? Here’s my Red Sox Mount Rushmore
Ted Williams, LF (1939-42, 1946-60) A Mount Rushmore list has to start with Teddy Ballgame. Williams was a career .344 hitter and he is the last player to hit .400 in a season (.406 in 1941).Williams also led the American League in on-base-percentage 12 times.
In his last season at age 41, Williams’s batting average was .316 and he also hit 29 homeruns. Not only was he 19-time All-Star and a six-time American League batting champion, Williams was an American hero who fought in World War II.
Carl Yastrzemski, LF, 1B (1961-83) Yastrzemski entered the major leagues in 1961 as the successor to Williams and he proved him to be one of the greatest Red Sox players of all-time. Yastrzemski won three batting titles (1963, 1967, 1968), a triple crown, made 18 All-Star teams and earned seven Gold Gloves. He never won a World Series championship, but Yastrzemski batted .369 with 11 RBIs and 15 runs in 17 postseason games.
David Ortiz, DH (2003- ) There’s no one that has embodied the spirit of the Red Sox more than Ortiz. Ever since Big Papi signed with the Red Sox in 2003, he has personified the word clutch.
In 14 World Series games, Ortiz has 17 postseason home runs and owns a .455 batting average with 14 RBIs. The three-time World Series champion has also made nine all-star appearances, won six Silver Slugger award and is arguably the greatest designated hitter in the history of baseball.
Pedro Martinez, RHP (1998-2004) For a three-year period (1998-2000), Martinez was arguably the best player in baseball. In 1999, he had one of the greatest pitching seasons of all time, as he finished with a record of 23–4 and led the majors in wins, ERA and strikeouts (achieving the pitching Triple Crown).
Martinez finished his Red Sox career with a record of 117-37 (.760), which is the highest winning percentage any pitcher has had with any team in baseball history. He also won two Cy Young Awards, and led the American League in ERA four times (1999, 2000, 2002, and 2003).