Boston Red Sox captains

List of Boston Red Sox captains

There have been 19 different captains of the Boston Red Sox, an American professional baseball franchise also known previously as the Boston Americans. This is a comprehensive list of these captains. The Boston Red Sox are the reigning 2007 World Series Champions. They are members and current champions of both the Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League Eastern Division and of the American League (AL). The "Red Sox" team name originates from the iconic uniform feature. They are sometimes nicknamed the "BoSox", a combination of "Boston" and "Sox" (as opposed to the "ChiSox"), the "Crimson Hose", and "the Olde Towne Team". Most fans simply refer to them as "the Sox".

In Major League Baseball, a captain is an honorary title given to the member of the team primarily responsible for strategy and teamwork while the game is in progress on the field. This role has been particularly important during eras and situations in which managers and coaches have been precluded by the rules from interacting with players on the field while the game is in progress. As is the case with the National Hockey League, some MLB captains (such as the Red Sox' Jason Varitek) wear a distinctive "C" on the left side of their jersey.


Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame

Player Position Years active Years as captain Reference
Boston Americans (until 1907)
Jimmy Collins Third baseman 1895–1908 1901–1905
Chick Stahl Outfielder 1897–1906 1906
Bob Unglaub First baseman 1904–1910 1907
Boston Red Sox (1907 to present)
Deacon McGuire Catcher 1884–1912 1908
Doc Gessler Right fielder 1903–1911 1909
Harry Lord Third baseman 1903–1911 1910
Heinie Wagner Shortstop 1902–1918 1911
Jake Stahl First baseman 1903–1912 1912
Heinie Wagner Shortstop 1902–1918 1913–1914
Jack Barry Second baseman 1908–1919 1915–1917
Dick Hoblitzel First baseman 1908–1918 1918
Harry Hooper Outfielder 1908–1925 1919–1920
Everett Scott Shortstop 1914–1926 1921
Del Pratt Second baseman 1914–1926 1922
George Burns First baseman 1914–1929 1923
Mike Menosky Left fielder 1914–1923 1923
No captain 1924–1939
Jimmie Foxx First baseman 1925–1945 1940–1942
No captain 1943–1965
Carl Yastrzemski Outfielder 1961–1983 1966
No captain 1967–1968
Carl Yastrzemski Outfielder 1961–1983 1969–1983
No captain 1984
Jim Rice Outfielder 1974–1989 1985–1989
No captain 1990–2004
Jason Varitek Catcher 1997–present 2005–present


  • Served as acting captain for one game.


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