So whose Numbers are those anyway?
July 28, 2009

I’d say that the better part of you know exactly who belongs to the retired numbers on the facade in Fenway Park’s Right field. But just in case you need a refresher course on the day Jim Rice’s #14 will take it’s place up there- here goes.

#1- Bobby Doerr. 2nd baseman extraordinaire who hit 223 Home runs (and had over 100 rbi 6 times) -one mark Dustin Pedroia will never come close to. But more importantly-one of THE nicest guys ever to don a Red Sox Uniform. Played for the Sox from 1937-1951- 9 time All-Star. Elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1986.

#4 -Joe Cronin spent over 24 season with Red Sox as Player, Manager, and General Manager. Made 5 all-star teams as a member of the Red Sox (as a shortstop), won over 1,000 (1,071) games as a Red Sox manager. Was also president of the America League. Elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1956

#6 -Johnny Pesky -89 year old Legend. Might be tied with Bobby Doerr as nicest Red Sox player ever. His number finally retired last year.

#8 -Carl Yastrzemski -LF  23 Years with the Red Sox, Triple Crown winner in ’67. More Games played, AB’s, RBI, Runs scored, Hits, Total bases, Extra Base Hits, Doubles than any other Red Sox Player. Elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1988.

 #9 -Ted Williams-LF. The Greatest Hitter who ever lived. Need I say more?  Whatever career Red Sox records Yaz doesn’t hold, Williams probably does including most Home Runs with 521, a mark which will probably stand forever. Oh yah-highest career batting average as well at .344, Another mark which will stand forever. Elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in ’66.

#14 Jim Rice-LF . Recent inductee into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

#27 Carlton Fisk-C  The Jason Varitek of the 70’s and 80’s, only better. Actually played more games with the White Sox, but his 9 plus years, 7 of those on the All-star team and being raised in New Hampshire put his number up there. Elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame (13th catcher) in 2000.

#42 Jackie Robinson-2B. His number was retired in every ballpark in America in 1997  to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Robinson breaking Baseball’s color barrier.