Red Sox History: A historical look at feast or famine at third base
By Rick McNair
Red Sox disappointments at third base
Red Sox history has been littered with remarkable third basemen and others not so impressive. I am old enough to have dim memories of George Kell, who has been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. There is Wade Boggs and now Rafael Devers for the more current fans. There have been batting champions other than Boggs – Bill Mueller and Carney Lansford are stashed in my memory banks.
In the 1950s and 1960s, there was steady Frank Malzone. Steady defense and predictable hitting. A six-time American League All-Star and a Gold Glove Award winner. For a good portion of my Red Sox history, I have noted third base – the hot corner – has had its fair share of cornering the market on disappointment.
As noted many times, I thank SABR. Here is a brief memories profile of players who could have had their numbers retired.