The Boston Red Sox are arguably one of the most historic franchises in all of Major League Baseball, as they were founded in 1901 as one of the American League’s charter franchises. Fun Fact: the Red Sox play in the oldest stadium in all of Major League Baseball, Fenway Park which opened in 1912 and is still going strong today. Fenway Park is known for having the infamous Green Monster, which is the nickname for the nearly 40-foot-high-left-field wall at Fenway Park. As of 2021, the Red Sox have won the American League East division a total of 10 different times, they’ve won the American League Pennant a total of 14 different times, and have a total of 9 World Series championships they’ve won to add to their name. Fun Fact: the Red Sox didn’t win the World Series from 1918, all the way until 2004, and this was known as the curse of the Bambino, when they traded the ultimate Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1919, which is also known to be the start of ” The Rivalry”. The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players such as Ted Williams, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Carl Yazstremski, Manny Ramirez, and countless others. Recently we’ve discovered that some Red Sox jerseys have been sold for extremely high amounts. Today we will take a look at the five most expensive Red Sox jerseys ever sold:
5. 1978 Carl Yazstremski Game Worn Home Jersey- $823
Yaz took over for the legendary Ted Williams, and was a damn good replacement. In 1978, Yaz represented the Red Sox in the All-Star game for the American League, as he had a efficient batting average of .277, hit a total of 18 home runs, and drove in 81 runs. He is most known for his triple-crown season in 1967 and led the Red Sox all the way to the World Series, where they unfortunately lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in a hard fought 7 game series. Throughout his career, Yaz was an 18 time All-Star, he won 3 American League batting titles, won 6 gold glove awards, finished in the top 10 in the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award race 4 different times, was one of the only players in Major League Baseball history to hit over 400 career home runs and have over 3,000 career hits, and played every season of his Major League career with the Red Sox. Yaz had his jersey sold at the Robert Edward Auctions for a total of $823 in the spring of 2009, and it was sold in the category of “Game-Used Jerseys and Equipment”. Fun Fact: this is supposedly the jersey that Yaz wore during the one-game playoff in 1978 against the New York Yankees to see who would win the American League East division.
4. 2002 Manny Ramirez Game Worn Home Jersey – $1,175
Manny Ramirez played a total of 8 different seasons with the Red Sox and represented the team in the All-Star game for the American League in each season he played with Boston. Ramirez was a fan favorite for the Red Sox since the minute he stepped foot on the field. In 2002 he had one of his greatest seasons as he won the American League’s batting title having an immaculate batting average of .349, hitting a total of 33 towering home runs, and driving in a total of 107 runs being very productive at the plate. Ramirez was also a huge key contributor in the Red Sox 2004 World Series championship run as he won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award that year and he also won the American League’s Hank Aaron Award in 2004. He is considered one of the greatest hitters in Major League Baseball’s modern era. Ramirez’s 2002 home jersey was sold in the spring of 2008 for $1,175 at the Robert Edward Auctions and was in the auction category of ” Game-Used Jerseys and Equipment”.
3. 1988 Roger Clemens Game Worn Road Jersey – $1,195
Roger Clemens had an incredible 13 year run with the Red Sox, and was always making sure his opposition was never too comfortable at the plate. In 1988 Clemens had a very dominating season as he represented the Red Sox in the All-Star game on the American League’s team, he had a winning record of 18-12, led the league in strikeouts with a immaculate total of 291, he threw a total of 264 innings, meaning his arm was very reliable in each start he made, had an ERA of 2.93, and pitched 14 complete games, and led the league with 8 shutouts. Clemens was a 5 time All-Star with the Red Sox, won the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award with the Red Sox in 1986, and won a total of 3 CY Young Awards throughout his career. The flamethrower is considered to be one of the best pitchers to ever play for the franchise. His game word road jersey was sold for $1,195 in November of 2015 at the Heritage Auctions.
2. 2003 Pedro Martinez Game Worn Home Jersey – $3,107
Despite his small stature, Pedro Martinez devastated hitters with an array of pitches that have been rarely seen. Martinez easily became a fan favorite in Boston as fans loved watching him pitch and observing his brilliance. In 2003, Martinez had a winning record of 14-4 which is very good, he struck out a total of 206 batters, threw a total of 186 innings pitched, and threw 3 complete games in 2003. Martinez was a 6 time All-Star with the Red Sox, and he also won two CY Young Awards with Boston. Martinez was also a huge piece of the Red Sox 2004 World Series championship run, as he helped the Red Sox come back from a 3-0 deficit to the Yankees in the American League Championship series and then go on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. One of Martinez most memorable moments was when Yankees bench coach, Don Zimmer who was 72 charged at Ramirez and Ramirez threw him to the ground, therefore starting a benches clearing brawl. His game word home jersey was sold at the Heritage Auctions in November of 2013 for a total amount of $3,107.
1. 1951 Ted Williams Game Worn and Signed Home Jersey – $83,650
Ted Williams arguably considered the greatest hitter to ever step foot in the batters box, and is also considered to be greatest Boston Red Sox Player of all-time. In 1951, Williams made the All-Star game representing the Red Sox for the American League’s team, he had a fantastic batting average of .318, hit a towering 30 home runs, drove in a immaculate 126 runs, and led the league in walks with that total being 144. Williams was a 19 time All-Star for the Red Sox and also won two American League Most Valuable Player Awards. He also won 6 American League batting titles, and led the league in home runs 4 different times. Williams most iconic season of his career was in 1941, when he was the last man to ever have a batting average over .400 in the regular season. Fun Fact: Williams missed the seasons 1943-1945 as he was serving in the military during World War 2, and he was even commissioned as the second lieutenant in the United States Marines Corps as a Naval Aviator in 1944. His game worn jersey that was signed by himself was sold at the Heritage Auctions in February of 2015 for a total of $83,650.