The Boston Red Sox are one of baseball’s most storied franchises with some of the game’s greatest hitters. Originating in 1901 as the Boston Americans, the Red Sox have a 110-year history with at least 800 runs scored in 28 seasons. 28 players have hit at least 100 home runs with Boston with Ted Williams topping the Red Sox’s all-time home run leaders.
1. Ted Williams: 521 home runs
Arguably the greatest hitter in baseball history, Ted Williams is the Boston Red Sox’s all-time home run leader. Williams played 19 Major League seasons and was an All-Star in every one of them. He led the American League in slugging percentage nine times and posted seven 30-homer seasons. Despite missing significant time for both World War II and the Korean War, Ted Williams became one of the top 20 home run hitters in Major League history. He remains the only player to win the AL’s triple crown twice.
2. Carl Yastrzemski: 452 home runs
Spending 23 seasons as a Red Sox from 1961 to 1983, Carl Yastrzemski is one of the greatest players in the history of the game and the Red Sox’s second leading home run hitter. Yaz was an 18-time All-Star who won batting crowns, home run titles, Gold Gloves, and an AL MVP Award. Carl Yastrzemski posted three 40 home run seasons including 44 in 1967, the year he won the triple crown.
3. Jim Rice: 382 home runs
MVP outfielder Jim Rice spent his entire 16-year career in Boston and became one of the Red Sox’s all-time home run leaders. Rice developed into an elite power-hitter early in his career, hitting 39 in his age 24 season and a career-high 46 the following year. He led the league in both of those seasons (1977 and 1978) and did so once more in 1983 with 39 jacks. In 2009, Jim Rice was finally inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
4. Dwight Evans: 379 home runs
A great defensive right fielder and a strong power-hitter throughout his career, Dwight Evans ranks fourth among the Boston Red Sox all-time home run leaders. Evans was a very steady hitter during his prime as he put together nine consecutive seasons of 20-plus home runs. He led the American League in home runs once, slugging 22 in the strike-shortened 1981 season. Evans posted his highest total in 1987 when he crushed 34 home runs.
5. David Ortiz: 283 home runs
One of the best clutch hitters in baseball history, current designated hitter David Ortiz ranks fifth among the Boston Red Sox all-time home run leaders. While he was always a capable power hitter, Ortiz really hit his stride when he signed with Boston heading into the 2003 season. He started a string of five straight 30-homer seasons including a team record 54 in the 2006 season. Only recently moving into the top five, David Ortiz caught former teammate Manny Ramirez in June of 2010 with his 274th home run as a Red Sox.