An eighteen-time all-star, Carl Yastrzemski, spent his entire 23-year career with the Boston Red Sox. Yastrzemski hit the pinnacle of his successful run to the Hall, when in 1967 he won the Triple Crown, and was voted the MVP (one vote shy of a unanimous selection). During that “impossible dream” season, the Red Sox won the pennant and entered the World Series against the St Louis Cardinals, losing four games to three. Yaz batted .400, with three homers and five RBIs in the series. He won the batting title the following year with a .301 average, the lowest ever for a title. Unlike his famed predecessor, Ted Williams, Yaz perfected the difficult bounces off the Green Monster, winning seven Gold gloves and leading in assists seven times during his illustrious career. He finished his career with 3308 games played (second only to Pete Rose), 646 doubles, 452 home runs, 1,844 RBI’s and a batting average of .285.
Though he never won a World Series, Yaz was asked, along with Johnny Pesky, to raise the Red Sox World Series Banner of 2004.
November 19, 2016