BOSTON, MA, October 22, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- If New England baseball fans had to name the 50 greatest players in Boston Red Sox history, who would they be? What criteria would be used?
In its more than 110-year history, the Boston Red Sox has had its share of legendary players--Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Carl Yastrzemski, Jimmie Foxx, Carlton Fisk, Roger Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra, Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz, to name only a few. But beyond the hotly debated discussions about which players deserve the highest praise, no book has ever before attempted to rank the top 50 players in Red Sox history by any criteria.
The 50 Greatest Players in Boston Red Sox History (Camino Books, paperback, $17.95) fills a major gap in the vast body of literature about the Red Sox. The book, by Boston native and veteran journalist Lew Freedman, author of more than 60 popular sports books, promises to be a must-read for all devoted Red Sox fans. Through a combination of fascinating statistics, personal stories, and captivating photographs, Freedman ranks the top 50 players in Boston Red Sox history, a saga dating back to 1901. "The book heavily weighs the players' contributions to the Red Sox more than their contributions to baseball overall--and compares those accomplishments with all of the others who have worn the red socks," says Freedman in summing up his work.
Besides examining the personal stories of the best-known players, The 50 Greatest Players in Boston Red Sox History studies the careers of some of the excellent athletes who represented the club so long ago as to be nearly forgotten--people like Jimmy Collins, Tex Hughson, Bill Dinneen and Jackie Jensen.
The backgrounds of all 50 Red Sox and their accomplishments are examined in detail, and photographs of many of the finest players, from the archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, accompany the text.
The 50 Greatest Players in Boston Red Sox History will appeal to fans who want to learn as much as possible about the best players ever to wear a Red Sox uniform. It's also a book that will likely spark debate among baseball aficionados from far beyond the New England area.
Lew Freedman, a veteran journalist, is the author of more than 60 books. He writes a daily column for calltothepen.com and is a regular contributor to Big Leagues Magazine. He has been a sportswriter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Tribune, the Anchorage Daily News and numerous publications in his native Boston.
The 50 Greatest Players in Boston Red Sox History
6 x 9 in., 292 pp., with 25 historic photographs
$17.95 (Also available as an Ebook)
Media contact: Victor Gulotta
Gulotta Communications, Inc.