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Five Sox in Nos. 26-75 in 'Hall Of 100'

12/12/2012

ESPN.com's "Hall Of 100" -- a fresh look at the top 100 baseball players of all-time, steroid era and all -- revealed Nos. 75-26, a list that included five former prominent Red Sox players:

* Wade Boggs at No. 54: "A creature of habit, Boggs would eat chicken before every game, take the exact same number of ground balls and run sprints at exactly the same time. That discipline served him well at the plate, as Boggs might have had the best batting eye the game has ever seen. As George Brett said in 1988 about Boggs: 'A woman will be elected president before Wade Boggs is called out on strikes. I guarantee that.'"

* Lefty Grove at No. 47: "Tough to imagine a better four-year stretch than what Grove had from 1928-31, when he went 103-23. That includes a 31-4 record with a 2.06 ERA and 27 complete games in 1931. Led AL in ERA nine times and led the league in strikeouts in each of his first seven seasons. The man won 300 games (300-141) in 17 years, after he'd won 111 in the minors.

* Pedro Martinez at No. 41: "Led his league in ERA five times and strikeouts three times, and won three Cy Young Awards (1997, 1999 and 2000). Sixth all time in W-L percentage (219-100, .687) and 13th in strikeouts (3,154). Featured an intimidating inside fastball assessed this way by Jason Giambi: 'If you lean over the plate, he'll stick one up your nose.'"

* Carl Yastrzemski at No. 40: "A handful of very impressive stats before we get to 1967: Yaz is eighth all time in RBIs (1,844), hits (3,419) and doubles (646). He was the first AL player with at least 3,000 hits and 400 home runs (452). Now, about that magical 1967 season. Won the Triple Crown (.326 BA, 44 HR, 121 RBIs) and also led AL in hits, runs, OBP, slugging percentage, OPS and total bases. Wow."

* Jimmie Foxx at No. 28: "Though he stood just 6-feet tall, Foxx was a slugger in the true sense of the word, leading the AL in slugging five times, while winning the Triple Crown in 1933. He was so feared, in fact, that he was the first player (and one of only three in history) to walk six times in a game, and he is one of nine players with three MVP awards. Only Barry Bonds has more."