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Carl Yastrzemski
#8 | Left Fielder | Boston Red Sox

Carl Michael Yastrzemski: "Yaz"


Carl Yastrzemski


  • Born: August 22, 1939, Southampton, New York

  • Bats: left

  • Throws: right

  • Elected to Hall of Fame by BBWAA: 1989

  • 423 votes of 447 ballots cast: 94.63%

  • Major League debut: April 11, 1961

     Taking the torch from Ted Williams, and bridging the gap to Jim Rice, Yaz patrolled the grass in front of Fenway's Green Monster with deft aplomb.  He excelled at playing tricky caroms off the Green Monster, and led the Al in throwing assists 7 times.


     The three-time batting champ retired with 452 home runs and won the AL MVP and Triple Crown in 1967, but he may be best remembered for the stretch drive in 1967 when he went 23-44 in the final 12 games, hit 5 HR and drove in 16 to single-handedly carry the BoSox into the World Series.


     There, he hit .400 and knocked 3 homers.  Always a great clutch hitter, he hit .455 in the 1975 LCS and .310 in that year's famous World Series, when the Red Sox took the superior Reds to 7 games, and he hit a home run off the nearly-unbeatable Ron Guidry in the 1978 playoff game.  He went 4-for-4 with two walks in the 1970 All-Star Game.


     He won the Triple Crown by hitting .326 with 44 HR and 121 RBI and also led the AL in hits (189), runs (112), total bases (360), and slugging average (.622).  In 1968, the "Year of the Pitcher," his .301 batting average was the lowest ever to lead the league, though relative to the league average it is as impressive as Bill Terry's .401 in 1930.



"I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night.

The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."

 - Carl Yastrzemski


"There can be little doubt that Carl Yastrzemski was the master of Wall-ball defense ...  He was among the

American League’s outfield assist leaders annually until baserunners learned to stop going for two

when they clanged one off the Wall. Yaz could decoy better than any outfielder and routinely pretended

he was ready to catch a ball that he knew was going to carom off the Wall."

- Dan Shaughnessy in Fenway (2000) 


 "Yaz did it all the time. We'd be on the road and he'd call, 'C'mon, we're going to the ballpark.'  I'd say,

'Christ, it's only one o'clock. The game's at seven.' He lived, breathed, ate, and slept baseball.

If he went 0-for-4, he couldn't live with it.  He could live with himself if he went 1-for-3.

He was happy if he went 2-for-4. That's the way the man suffered." 

- Outfielder Joe Lahoud


Picture from National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc.

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