Boston Red Sox: Carl Yastrzemski belongs on the franchise Mount Rushmore
In this day and age of baseball, one player spending his entire career with one team rarely happens. That was not the case back in the day and Carl Yastrzemski did that with the Red Sox.
He followed in the footsteps of Williams and began his career in 1961, but his best season happened six seasons later in 1967. He won the AL Triple Crown and the next player to accomplish that feat was Miguel Cabrera currently of the Detroit Tigers in 2012.
The 1967 season was one that will go down in Boston Red Sox lore. Known as the “Impossible Dream,” they finished in ninth place the previous season, before winning the AL pennant thanks in large part to Yastrzemski who hit .513 over the final 14 days of the regular season. They went on to lose the World Series in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals. In his career, Yaz finished with a .285 average in 3,308 career games, but he ended up filling the shoes of Williams, something that nobody thought was possible.
The name Yastrzemski is still big in the game today as his grandson, Mike Yastrzemski, was drafted by the Red Sox in 2009 and Seattle Mariners in 2012, but he did not sign with either organization. He now plays for the San Francisco Giants, continuing the name Yastrzemski in the majors.