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Jason Varitek, the most recent Red Sox captain.

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 "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".[1] Most fans simply refer to them as "the Sox".[2]

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.[3] 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.[3]



Jimmy Collins (center, below) with infielders Bobby Lowe, Fred Tenney and Herman Long
Dick Hoblitzel with the Boston Red Sox in 1916
Carl Yastrzemski at-bat in Tiger Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, 1983
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[a]

No captain 1924–1939[6]

Jimmie Foxx First baseman 1925–1945 1940–1942

No captain 1943–1965[6]

Carl Yastrzemski Outfielder 1961–1983 1966

No captain 1967–1968[6]

Carl Yastrzemski Outfielder 1961–1983 1969–1983

No captain 1984[6]

Jim Rice Outfielder 1974–1989 1985–1989


No captain 1990–2004[6]

Jason Varitek Catcher 1997–present 2005–present


  • a  Served as acting captain for one game.


  1. ^ Massarotti, Tony. "It’s not the same Olde Towne Team". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2008-04-13.  
  2. ^ "Sox Tix: No More Ripoffs". Boston Globe (Editorial). Retrieved 2008-06-15.  
  3. ^ a b Hoch, Bryan. "Trio of captains treasure role". Retrieved 2008-06-04.  
  4. ^ Abrams, Rodger (February 15, 2007). "Jimmy Collins: Pride of the Irish". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-06-04.  
  5. ^ "The Boston Pilgrims". Celebrate Boston. Retrieved 2008-06-04.  
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Red Sox Century: The Definitive History of Baseball's Most Storied Franchise. Houghton Mifflin Books. 2000. ISBN 0618423192.  
  7. ^ Flietz, David (2008). Shoeless: The Life and Times of Joe Jackson. McFarland & Company. ISBN 0786433124.  
  8. ^ "Gessler to be Captain of Red Sox". The New York Times. January 19, 1909. Retrieved 2008-06-04.  
  9. ^ a b Lieb, Frederick G. and McNally, John The Boston Red Sox. Southern Illinois University Press. 2003. ISBN 0809324938.  
  10. ^ Richardson, Bob (March 23, 2008). "Visionary views: Several innovators get credit for the evolution of managing". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-06-04.  
  11. ^ "Jack Barry Laid Up". The New York Times. September 26, 1915. Retrieved 2008-06-04.  
  12. ^ a b Wood, Allan (2000). Babe Ruth and the 1918 Red Sox. iUniverse. ISBN 0595148263.  
  13. ^ The Boston Red Sox Fan Book. Macmillan. 2005. ISBN 0312348495.  
  14. ^ Daniel, W. Harrison (2004). Jimmie Foxx: The Life and Times of a Baseball Hall of Famer. McFarland. ISBN 0786418672.  
  15. ^ a b McBroom, Kathleen (1981). The Lincoln Library of Sports Champions. Frontier Press Co. ISBN 0912168072.  
  16. ^ Edes, Gordon (December 24, 2004). "Sox re-sign Varitek, name him captain". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-06-04.  

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