Everett Scott was recognized as the premier defensive player at short. Scott played eight seasons for Boston hitting .246 with minimal power. Scott was there for his glove and his leadership as team captain a role he later had when he was traded to the New York Yankees.
Scott played in three World Series for Boston and another two for the Yankees. Scott also once held the consecutive games played record at 577. Of note is Scott once wrote a children’s book – Third Base Thatcher.
Scott also had a degree of loyalty turning down a substantial contract offer to jump to the newly founded Federal League in 1913. The remarkable part was Scott had not yet played in an MLB game.
Honorable Mention: Quite possibly the equal to Scott was Freddy Parent who was also recognized for his defense but had a bit more snap with the bat than Scott. Parent played seven solid years in Boston hitting .273. Parent hit .282 in the 1903 World Series and was the last surviving member of that team when he died in 1972.