Many men have had the honor and pleasure of putting on a Red Sox uniform to go to work.
From the top of the alphabet,
David Aardsma to
the bottom, Bob Zupcic
and all points in between, 1511 men (give or take a few) have played for the Boston Red Sox. And the names, oh the rich collection of names. First some inconsequentials; if I asked which letter begins the most amount of names what would you say S, C, M or B? I’ll get back to that. How about what last name appears the most times? Tough one but I bet you say Smith or Jones, Smith is correct, 19 different Smiths have played for the Red Sox. Williams, Wilson and Jones each had ten.
The wheel of color has produced eight Browns, a Black, three Greens and two Grays while finance has contributed a Penny, two Schillings, some Cash and a Fortune.
Presidential timber has made its way to Fenway Park in the persons of two Adams’, three Jacksons, a Van Buren, two Taylors, two Kennedys (including a John) nine Johnsons (no Lyndons), four Nixons, a Bush and nine Wilsons. And of course a Speaker for their House. Two Marshals and a Judge stopped by to maintain the balance of power and two Hancocks have kept a revolutionary perspective.
Jermaine Van Buren 2007.
There’s been a Berg and a Berger, three Gardners and a Cooke, a Chaplin and a Bishop. A Hunt, two Hunters and a Skinner, a Knight and even a Sir Lancellotti.
Lancellotti played with the Red Sox in 1982.
They’ve had nine Millers, a Shepherd, a Weaver, a Coffey, a Baker, a Potter, a Porter, a Beck and a Brewer.
Two Rhodes with a Pole on a Hill were seen through the four Woods, winding past the Shore towards the Bay through the Grove, by the Pond (which is big enough to be a Lake) on the way to the Boggs.
Lefty Grove takes to the hill, 1936.
A familiar individual with Ernie Shore.
Four Fox(x’s), a Trout and three Birds have visited as well as a Cone, a Rose, a Lazor and a Flair. There’s been four Lewis’ and five Clarks, a Daughters but no sons, a Dodge but no Fords, a Lowe but no high, an Earley but no late, two McHales but no Navys, two Burn’s but no Allens, but they did have an Allenson. Oh, and there was a Guthrie as well.
The seasons have been represented with, a Spring, and a Sommers. Fall was skipped but a Winter and a Snow made up for that and what would New England be without a good Gale?
Rich Gale called Fenway Park home in 1984.
And finally the music. The music of Fenway has been provided by a Horn, a Sax, a Viola accompanied by two Bells.
Sam Horn played from 1987-1989.
And for good measure, there’s a Saltalamacchia, the longest surname in the history of baseball! And the answer is M, 201 players last name begins with M.
And so it is on this day in Fenway Park history, January 5, 2012.