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THE ROSTER 1 -LUIS ALICEA spent 13 seasons as a major leaguer infielder, just one of them with Boson in 1995. In 2005, he took over as manager of the Red Sox Class A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners. 2- MIKE ANDREWS was the Red Sox second baseman from 1967-70. He is Chairman of the Jimmy Fund, Andrews was a member of the "Impossible Dream" team, and an American League All-Star in 1969. He played in eight Major League seasons. 3- MATT BATTS had one of the most colorful names in Red Sox history. A backup catcher throughout his 10-year career with a number of teams, he enjoyed his time in Boston from 1947 into 1951. 4- OIL CAN BOYD was one of the more colorful personalities in the history of the Red Sox. Eight of his ten major league season were spent in a Boston uniform. He was 16-10 in 1986. 5- BERNIE CARBO had two tours of duty as an outfielder for the Red Sox in the 1970s. His two pinch hit home runs in the 1975 World Series made him a cult figure for Boston fans. 6- JERRY CASALE was a husky pitcher out of Brooklyn who had a brief career with the Red Sox. He did post a 13-8 record as a rookie in 1959 for the most wins on the staff. Bursitis cut his time in baseball short. 7- GENE CONLEY was a pitcher who towered over the competition. The 6'9" right-hander made his major league debut on April 17, 1952. He is the only one to win championship rings in both baseball and basketball. He won rings with the 1958 Milwaukee Braves and the 1959, 1960 and 1961 Boston Celtics. 8- BILLY CONSOLO made his major league debut on April 20, 1953 with Boston. High School Player of the Year in Los Angeles in 1951, he went directly to the Red Sox from high school after signing for a $60,000 bonus. The affable Consolo also played for several other teams, but in his heart of hearts he "considers himself a Red Sox." 9- DAVE "BOO" FERRISS starred for the Red Sox in the 1940s and had a pitching record of 65 wins against just 30 losses. Arm troubles made him retire early. He served as pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox from 1955 to 1959. The affable southerner is a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame. 10 - RICH GEDMAN was one of baseball's most promising catchers as the 1980s got underway. He wound up playing in 1,033 games over 13 seasons with three major league clubs. In 2005, he became the first manager of Worcester's first professional baseball team in 71 years. 11- RUSS GIBSON was a catcher on the 1967 "Impossible Dream" dream of the Red Sox. His career in Boston was brief - just three seasons. But he says his Red Sox roots "run deep." 12 -DON GILE played in just 58 games as a catcher- first baseman for the Red Sox from 1959-1962. The tall Californian has no regrets about the brevity of his time in Boston and remembers it with fondness. 13- PUMPSIE GREEN Boston was the final major league team to be integrated, and Green was the first black player for the franchise. He performed for the Red Sox from 1959 to 1962. His total career was five seasons - all as a Red Sox aside from his final year which was with the Mets. 14 - BUTCH HOBSON was a football star at the University of Alabama who achieved fame as a Red Sox third baseman. A fan favorite because of his hard nosed style, Hobson was hampered by injuries throughout his career. He also managed the Red Sox from 1992-1994. 15- RALPH HOUK managed the Red Sox from 1981-1984. Although he is best remembered a Yankee backup catcher and manager who replaced legend Casey Stengel , the "Major" recalled his time in Boston with fondness. 16- REGGIE JEFFERSON was a first baseman-DH for Boston from 1995-1999. He said "My last game was October 3, 1999. It wasn't that long a career but better than most." 17- EDDIE KASKO was the manager of the Red Sox from 1970-1973. He previously had spent a decade as a major league infielder and several years as a minor league manager. He considers himself fortunate to have spent his life in baseball. 18 - GEORGE KELL The Hall of Fame third baseman and broadcaster played for the Red Sox from 1952-1954. Batting over .300 nine times, he led American League third basemen in fielding percentage seven times. In 1949, Kell edged Ted Williams for the American League batting title by less than two ten-thousandths of a point. 19- RUSS KEMMERER had a nine year pitching career in the 1950's and early 1960's with the Red Sox, Senators, White Sox, and the Houston Astros. His time in Boston was for him the best of all times. 20 - JOHN KENNEDY hit a home run in his first major league at bat as a member of the Washington Senators on September 5, 1962. He shared the same birthdate, May 29, with President John F. Kennedy. His twelve year playing career ended in 1974. 21- BILL LEE was a controversial and talented pitcher for the Red Sox for a decade posting three straight 17 victory seasons from 1973 to 1975. He was fearless on and off the pitching mound, one never afraid to offer an opinion and criticize what he thought was wrong. 22- TED LEPCIO was signed as a bonus baby off the campus of Seton Hall University and played in 729 major league games. A utility infielder par excellence, he played for the Red Sox from 1952-1959. 23- JIM LONBORG is forever remembered as the pitching star of the "Impossible Dream," team. Lonborg won the 1967 Cy Young Award when he went 22-9 with a 3.16 ERA and 15 complete games in 39 starts. He also lead the league in strikeouts that year. A ski injury in the offseason limited his effectiveness afterwards. His career record with the Red Sox was 68-65. He still lives in Massachusetts and works as a dentist in Hanover. He is a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame. 24- FRANK MALZONE was a member of the Red Sox from 1955-65, hitting .276 with 131 HR and 716 RBI in 1,359 games. He was an All Star eight times and won three straight Gold Gloves. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1995. 25- SAM MELE starred at NYU as a basketball player in the early 1940s. He had two tours of duty with the Red Sox and also played for the Senators, White Sox, Orioles, Redlegs and Indians. After his playing and managing career ended, Mele returned to the Red Sox working for them for more than 30 years in scouting and as a roving instructor. He still lives in Quincy, Massachusetts 26- RICK MILLER was a member of the Red Sox from 1971 to 1977 but served as a fourth outfielder behind Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Fred Lynn, and Dwight Evans. Nevertheless, he was dubbed BoSox "Unsung Hero" in 1972 and "Man of the Year" in 1974. 27 - BILL MONBOUQUETTE was a four time All Star in the American League and pitched for the Red Sox from 1958-65. The man they called "Monbo" is fifth all-time in games started, sixth in innings pitched and strikeouts, and ninth in wins. He was a 20-game winner in 1963 and pitched a no-hitter in Chicago on August 1, 1962. 28 - BOB MONTGOMERY out of Nashville, Tennessee was the ultimate backup catcher. His entire career was played out with the Red Sox through the 1970s. "Monty" has gone on to a highly successful career broadcasting baseball. 29- JOE MORGAN was born just 17 miles from Fenway Park. Tenacious, Morgan played in just 88 games for five major league teams and spent many seasons in the minors. He managed the Red Sox from 1988-1991. 30 - TIM NAHERING spent his entire career as a major leaguer with the Red Sox, 1990-1997. An injury cut short the infielder's career. He is currently farm director for the Cincinnati Reds. Nahering still talks about the "educated fans" he played in front of at Fenway. 31 - MEL PARNELL was one of the classiest and most successful of Red Sox southpaws. The New Orleans native made his major league debut on April 20, 1947. He was very successful at Fenway Park, posting a 70- 30 record. In 1949, Parnell was American League leader in wins and earned run average. He pitched from 1947-1956 and wound up as the winningest left-hander in Red Sox history. He is a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Red Sox Hall of Fame. 32 -JOHNNY PESKY has been on the Red Sox scene for almost six decades as player, coach, manager, minor league manager, broadcaster, advertising salesman, and assistant in the Sox community outreach programs. A member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, Pesky played in 1,270 games after making his major leaguer debut on April 14, 1942. A scrappy left-handed hitter, Pesky had a lifetime batting average of .307. 33-JODY REED was a diminutive 8th round draft of the Red Sox in 1984. The feisty shortstop finished in third place in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting in 1988. After a half dozen season with Boston, Reed moved onto other teams. But he still views himself as part of the Red Sox fraternity. 34 -KEN RYAN signed with the Red Sox out of high school. Blessed with the ability to throw a baseball 95 miles per hour, Ryan out of Pawtucket, Rhode Island says he was "a local guy who saw his dram come true" even if it ended too soon. 35-DON SCHWALL pitched for the Red Sox in 1961 and 1962. His first season he was 15-7 and he won the Rookie of the Year award. His second season he was 9-15. He was traded away by Boston in 1963. Although he played for other teams and his time with Boston was brief, he would like to be remembered as a Red Sox player. 36 - BOB STANLEY is a former Red Sox reliever who spent his entire thirteen-year career with Boston and is the club's all-time saves leader with 132. He is also the team's all-time leader in appearances with 637, and is the only Red Sox pitcher to have both 100 wins and 100 saves. Inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame , Stanley is currently the pitching coach for the Norwich Navigators, the AA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. 37 - CHARLIE WAGNER was signed by the Red Sox as a pitcher in 1935, and he is still on the scene with the team through all the years. His time with Boston has included roles as assistant farm director, scout and spring training special instructor. Still in uniform in spring training, Wagner is driven around on a golf cart. 38- BILL WERBER is the oldest living member of the Red Sox baseball playing fraternity - he was 97 years old in June 2005. His major league career began on June 25, 1930. His time is Boston was from 1933 to 1936. 39 RICK WISE pitched for the Red Sox from 1974-1977. Although he had an 18 year career with several major league teams, the former star hurler when he thinks of the American League - thinks Red Sox. 40 - EDDIE YOST was dubbed "The Walking Man." For eight seasons he had 100 or more walks, and led the American League six times in that category. Yost, who never played in the minor leagues, also never played for the Red Sox despite Senator John Kerry's claim that Yost was his favorite Red Sox player. Yost was a coach for Boston from 1977-84.
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Boston Red Sox (Baseball team) -- Interviews.
Baseball players -- United States -- Interviews.