Though “Dewey” first came up with the Sox as a 20-year old in 1972, he waited until the 80’s to grow his trademark caterpillar. In an almost Samson-like story, the defensive-minded right fielder’s bat was emboldened by the move. He led the AL in home runs, walks, OPS and total bases in ’81, OBP in ’82, runs scored and OPS in ’84, and walks in ’85 and ’87. He had the second-most RBIs (900) of any player in the American League during the decade of the 1980’s, trailing only Hall of Famer Eddie Murray.
With his signature batting stance and brilliant facial fuzz, Evans became an institution over 19 seasons in Boston. As a two-way threat, in the field and at the plate, he certainly deserved more Hall of Fame consideration that he received after his playing days were through.
Dewey’s mustache? Also one of the all-time greats.