The legendary Ted Williams waits in the on-deck circle during a game against Detroit.
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Right-fielder Jackie Jensen poses in the dugout before a game against Baltimore. Jensen would go on to win the MVP that year, batting .286 with 35 home runs and 122 RBI.
3 of 26Hy Peskin/SI
Ty Cobb and Ted Williams
Ted Williams shakes hands with Ty Cobb prior to a spring training game.
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Tony Conigliaro, who was born and raised in the Boston suburb of Revere, is pictured on one of the most haunting covers in SI history. Tony C's career was cut short when he was hit in the face by Angels pitcher Jack Hamilton. Though he returned from the injury and posted impressive numbers, he eventually was forced to retire due to bad eyesight as a result of the errant pitch.
5 of 26John Hanlon/SI
Rico Petrocelli is the picture of focus as he waits for a pitch. The Brooklyn native spent 13 seasons as a Red Sox, making two All-star games, and was a key cog in Boston's run to the 1967 and 1975 World Series.
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Carl Yastrzemskiduring the 1975 World Series. Yaz played 23 seasons in a Red Sox uniform and remains one of the city's most popular athletes.
7 of 26Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Carlton Fisk during a game against the Yankees. The catcher would leave the Red Sox for the White Sox after the 1980 season, when his contract was mailed a day late, allowing him to become a free agent.
8 of 26Manny Millan/SI
Jim Rice, who earlier this year was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 15th (and final) year of eligibility, takes a swing during a game against Detroit.
9 of 26Manny Millan/SI
Jean R. Yawkey
Former Red Sox President Jean Yawkey takes in the action from Fenway. Mrs. Yawkey took over as the team president after her husband, Tom, died in 1976. She stayed in that role until her own passing in 1992.
10 of 26John Iacono/SI
Dwight Evans after striking out in Game 7 of the 1986 World Series.
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Wade Boggs and teammates in agony after losing Game 7 to New York Mets in the 1986 World Series.
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Roger Clemens s
Roger Clemens signs autographs for fans in right field. Clemens spent 13 seasons in Boston and is tied with Cy Young for most wins in a Red Sox uniform (192).
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Roger Clemens speaks to a reporter before a game against the Yankees.
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Mike Greenwall follows the path of the ball during a game against Cleveland. "The Gator" patrolled Fenway's Green Monster for 11 seasons and was MVP runner-up in 1988.
15 of 26Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Mo Vaughn anchored the Red Sox lineup for much of the '90s and remains one of New England's most popular sports figures due to his extensive charity work.
16 of 26V.J. Lovero/SI
Pedro Martinez played seven seasons in a Red Sox uniform and was the game's most dominant pitcher in the late '90s.
17 of 26Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Pedro Martinez and Nomar Garciaparra
Nomar Garciaparra checks out the biceps of Pedro Martinez during this spring training photo shoot.
18 of 26Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Nomar Garciaparra was in top form for this SI cover shoot. He spent nine seasons as the Red Sox shortstop before being traded midway through the 2004 season.
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Johnny Pesky takes a stroll in left field before a game against the Royals. Pesky has been a mainstay with the Sox since joining the team in 1942. The foul pole in right field is named "Pesky's Pole" in honor of the legendary shortstop/third baseman.
20 of 26Walter Iooss Jr./SI
David Ortiz, Johnny Damon, Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling
David Ortiz, Johnny Damon, Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling pose with the World Series trophy. The quartet helped the Red Sox shed the 86-year-old "curse" and win the franchise's first World Series since 1918.
21 of 26Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Since coming to the Red Sox in 2003, Big Papi has become one of the all-time top fan favorites in Boston.
22 of 26Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Papelbon closed out Boston's sweep of the Rockies in the 2007 World Series and became the franchise's all-time saves leader before leaving for the Phillies as a free-agent after the 2011 season.
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Manny Ramirez joined the Sox in 2001 after signing a $160 million, eight-year contract. One of the most productive hitters in franchise history, he made an acrimonious departure midway through the 2008 season.
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Jason Varitek watches the action during a game against the Yankees. The catcher has been the foundation of the team's success this decade and was named team captain prior to the 2005 season.
25 of 26Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz
Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz pose during a 2008 spring training photo shoot. Though their best years appear to be ahead of them, Buchholz has already thrown a no-hitter and Ellsbury played a key role in Boston's 2007 World Series championship.
26 of 26Al Bello/Getty Images, Charlie Riedel/AP
David Ortiz and Shane Victorino
Eight of the Red Sox 21 runs in the ALCS came on two swings. Those were grand slams by David Ortiz in Game 2 and Shane Victorino in Game 6. Both homers gave the Red Sox late-inning leads; Ortiz's slam came in the eighth and Victorino's the ninth. Boston beat Detroit 4-2 in the series to advance to the World Series against St. Louis.
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