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Viva Medias B's
08-17-2006, 08:13 AM
Roberto Clemente, the Great One, was voted as the "Best Pirate Ever."

Nolan Ryan won the honors as the "Best Ranger Ever."

Today's poll ought to interest the folks at ESPN because we are looking at the Boston Red Sox.

eastchicagosoxfan
08-17-2006, 08:18 AM
I went with Cy Young. Obviously, Williams or Clemens could easily be a better choice.

BigPapaPump
08-17-2006, 08:38 AM
Hawk Harrelson

buehrle4cy05
08-17-2006, 09:31 AM
Jon Papelbon.

Dan Mega
08-17-2006, 09:42 AM
Ted Williams was great but nobody, NOBODY was better than Cy Young.

jdm2662
08-17-2006, 09:48 AM
:hawk

"DJ, have I ever told you that Carl Yastrzemski is the greatest ball player I've ever played with?"

:DJ

"Um, I think you mentioned it last inning."

:hawk

"Well, DJ, let me tell you, that man was just awesome. Carl Yastrzemski is the greatest ball player of all time. I'm surprised I never mentioned it to you."

Meanwhile, the Sox score two runs...

kobo
08-17-2006, 09:50 AM
:hawk

"DJ, have I ever told you that Carl Yastrzemski is the greatest ball player I've ever played with?"

:DJ

"Um, I think you mentioned it last inning."

:hawk

"Well, DJ, let me tell you, that man was just awesome. Carl Yastrzemski is the greatest ball player of all time. I'm surprised I never mentioned it to you."

Meanwhile, the Sox score two runs...
Hahahhahaha!!!! I think that part of Hawk's contract states he has to mention Yaz at least once a game.

SoxFan78
08-17-2006, 10:36 AM
Chris Berman

LongLiveFisk
08-17-2006, 10:43 AM
:pudge

"What, no votes for me?"

Well, you know I love ya, Pudge, but I gotta go with Ted Williams here. :D:

Lyle Mouton
08-17-2006, 10:52 AM
No Oil Can Boyd?

viagracat
08-17-2006, 11:07 AM
Gotta go with the Splendid Splinter.

I read somewhere once ("Ball Four", maybe?) that Williams used to get fired up during BP by yelling "I'm Ted ****ing Williams and I'm the best hitter in baseball!" every time he hit a ball. I guess not too many people have fond meemories of the man, but it seems generally accepted no one was more of a student of hitting than Ted Williams.

Yaz, of course, was the man on the Red Sox back when I was a kid in the '60s, so it was hard not to pick him.

TornLabrum
08-17-2006, 11:30 AM
Ted Williams is BY FAR the best hitter I've ever seen. IMHO, that's enough to make him the best Red Sox player.

The Racehorse
08-17-2006, 11:33 AM
Ted Williams might have been one of the all-time greatest jerks, but how in the hell can you win the triple crown and not be voted that years most valuable player, TWICE. :?:

Cy has an annual award named after him, and rightfully so... but I'm going with the Thumper.

Baby Fisk
08-17-2006, 11:53 AM
I read somewhere once ("Ball Four", maybe?) that Williams used to get fired up during BP by yelling "I'm Ted ****ing Williams and I'm the best hitter in baseball!" every time he hit a ball.

Correct. Jim Bouton repeats the episode as it was told to him by someone who observed Williams yelling and cursing during BP.

CRAW
08-17-2006, 12:17 PM
Teddy Ballgame :cool:

Oblong
08-17-2006, 01:07 PM
Gotta go with the Splendid Splinter.

I read somewhere once ("Ball Four", maybe?) that Williams used to get fired up during BP by yelling "I'm Ted ****ing Williams and I'm the best hitter in baseball!" every time he hit a ball. I guess not too many people have fond meemories of the man, but it seems generally accepted no one was more of a student of hitting than Ted Williams.

Yaz, of course, was the man on the Red Sox back when I was a kid in the '60s, so it was hard not to pick him.

Yep. We always refer to Ted as TFW because of that. It's a great story.

I read a story about him where he played a double header in Detroit. He faced a rookie relief pitcher in the first game and the guy struck him out. The pitcher sent the ball over to have Ted autograph it.

In the second game he faced the pitcher again and Ted hit a monster shot into RF, maybe off the facing of the third deck. As he rounded first he yelled to the pitcher "You want me to sign that one too?"

MILTMAY5
08-17-2006, 03:02 PM
Hawk HarrelsonHawk all the way!!!

batmanZoSo
08-17-2006, 03:31 PM
Williams, not even a discussion.

I didn't know Young played for the Red Sox. I knew he played for somebody. :?:

511 wins? Come on, that's not right. You can't put much stock in records from that long ago. If you do, you gotta count the merits of Three-Finger Garland of the '87 Philadelphia Ticklers. (that's 1887). That year, he hurled 92 complete games including all four of the Manhattan World's Championship over the Newport Seven...who didn't believe in right field or shortstop. It cost them.

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=3954&d=1139519407
One Archie Ball coming right down Main Street. Huzzah! PS I hate women and people of non-Anglo lineage!

Flight #24
08-17-2006, 03:43 PM
Williams, not even a discussion.

I didn't know Young played for the Red Sox. I knew he played for somebody. :?:

511 wins? Come on, that's not right. You can't put much stock in records from that long ago. If you do, you gotta count the merits of Three-Finger Garland of the '87 Philadelphia Ticklers. (that's 1887). That year, he hurled 92 complete games including all four of the Manhattan World's Championship over the Newport Seven...who didn't believe in right field or shortstop. It cost them.

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=3954&d=1139519407
One Archie Ball coming right down Main Street. Huzzah! PS I hate women and people of non-Anglo lineage!:roflmao:

DoItForDanPasqua
08-17-2006, 04:51 PM
I'm taking Cy Young. He was 33-10 with a 1.62 ERA, for Boston, in 1901. Dead ball era you say? The AL averaged 5.35 runs per game in that year; this was one of five times that he had an ERA under two.

slobes
08-17-2006, 06:19 PM
Splendid Splinter. A couple of the other guys are great, but he was the best.

StillMissOzzie
08-17-2006, 06:34 PM
Williams, not even a discussion.

I didn't know Young played for the Red Sox. I knew he played for somebody. :?:

511 wins? Come on, that's not right. You can't put much stock in records from that long ago. If you do, you gotta count the merits of Three-Finger Garland of the '87 Philadelphia Ticklers. (that's 1887). That year, he hurled 92 complete games including all four of the Manhattan World's Championship over the Newport Seven...who didn't believe in right field or shortstop. It cost them.

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=3954&d=1139519407
One Archie Ball coming right down Main Street. Huzzah! PS I hate women and people of non-Anglo lineage!

LOL!
Batman, you so crazy!

SMO
:D:

russ99
08-17-2006, 06:38 PM
That's gotta be the POTW! :roflmao:

"Philadelphia Ticklers"?!? Nice handlebar moustache on Ol' Three-Finger.

soxfanreggie
08-17-2006, 06:54 PM
Gotta love the 'stache

gobears1987
08-17-2006, 07:12 PM
Ted Williams, the last player to bat .400 in a season.

Chips
08-18-2006, 01:48 AM
Ted Williams is Ted Williams, but

http://www.edrants.com/reluctant/canseco.jpg

MeteorsSox4367
08-18-2006, 09:37 AM
Ted Williams. Although if this poll were conducted by ESPN, Ortiz would win in a landslide over Williams. ESPN loves them some "Big Sloppi."

Fenway
08-18-2006, 04:54 PM
Ted Williams American hero


I hate to type this but Yaz was not a nice person off the field. That said he won the 1967 pennant - what he did the last 6 weeks was amazing.

Railsplitter
08-19-2006, 11:30 AM
Hawk Harrelson

Best on the A's in KC, maybe.

Railsplitter
08-19-2006, 12:13 PM
There's no way to avoid go with Williams here. You can't go against somebody who is nicknamed Teddy Ballgame. 521 homers, mainly becuase he lost seasons due to WWII and Korea, and all those batting titles. Admit it, how many of you -- like me-- thought that .406 average was a single season record?

Yes, Cy Young won all those games. He pitched 22 seaons and didn't start fewer than 40 games a season until he was 38, however, since only 8 of those years were with the Bosox, I'm going with Clemens on the mound.

Fenway
08-19-2006, 12:41 PM
Cy Young won 192 games with the Red Sox and is tied with Clemens.

People always talk about Ted being the last to hit .400 in 1941 but to me the stat that boggles the mind is at the age of 37 in 1957 he batted .388

http://www.baseball-reference.com/w/willite01.shtml

batmanZoSo
08-19-2006, 02:09 PM
Cy Young won 192 games with the Red Sox and is tied with Clemens.

People always talk about Ted being the last to hit .400 in 1941 but to me the stat that boggles the mind is at the age of 37 in 1957 he batted .388

http://www.baseball-reference.com/w/willite01.shtml

Wow, I never realized he batted .406 at age 22.

Fenway
08-19-2006, 02:18 PM
Wow, I never realized he batted .406 at age 22.

My best personal Williams story happened in 1972. Ted was the manager of the Texas Rangers and he was goaded into a home run hitting contest at Fenway. He must have been 50 pounds overweight and it looked worse in the tight double knits and I thought he was going to make a fool of himself...and then he swung..........CRACK....CRACK....CRACK....CRACK... ....CRACK

He hit every ball on the nose and the swing was a thing of beauty and he was 50 something at the time.

MadetoOrta
08-19-2006, 02:37 PM
Ted Williams is a true American hero. Can you imagine Barry Bonds picking up his gun and going to Iraq? No contest here