Top 10 Red Sox players enshrined in Baseball Hall of Fame
By Sean Penney
Ranking the 10 greatest players depicted as members of the Boston Red Sox on their plaque enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
There have been many great players throughout the storied history of the Boston Red Sox yet only the cream of the crop find their way to Cooperstown. The Class of 2019 will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend, allowing us the opportunity to reflect on those former Red Sox players who have already been enshrined.
Dozens of players in the Hall of Fame have ties to the Red Sox yet many of them spent limited time in Boston and the franchise isn’t depicted on their plaque.
Babe Ruth is one of the best baseball players in history. He was an excellent pitcher for the Red Sox early in his career but the Bambino is known mostly for his bat and went into the Hall of Fame as a New York Yankee.
Tris Speaker, Cy Young, and Dennis Eckersley are other examples of players who made a significant impact with this franchise yet don the cap of another team on their Hall of Fame plaque.
Then there are guys like Rickey Henderson, John Smoltz and Tom Seaver who made brief appearances with the Red Sox near the end of their careers. Sure, they have ties to Boston – barely.
For the purposes of this rankings list, let’s keep the focus on those who depict the Red Sox as their team on their Hall of Fame plaque. Some players list more than one team but the Red Sox should be one of them to qualify for this list.