Red Sox Announce Williams’ Replacement

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball

(March 19, 1961) The Boston Red Sox today announced that rookie Carl Yastrzemski will start the regular season in left field, succeeding the legendary Ted Williams.

The Boston Red Sox replaced one Hall of Fame player with another when Carl Yastrzemski succeeded Ted Williams as the team’s starting left fielder.

The Boston Red Sox replaced one Hall of Fame player with another when Carl Yastrzemski succeeded Ted Williams as the team’s starting left fielder.

Williams closed out his Hall of Fame career in Boston by hitting a home run in his last major league at-bat.

Yastrzemski joined the Red Sox after two seasons in the Boston farm system, hitting a combined .356 over those two seasons. As a rookie, he would hit .266 in 1961 with 11 home runs and 80 RBIs. By 1963, he would win the first of three batting titles during the 1960s.

As a rookie in 1961, Carl Yastrzemski batted .266 with 11 home runs and 80 RBIs. He would finish his 23-year career in Boston with 3,419 hits – ninth most all-time.

As a rookie in 1961, Carl Yastrzemski batted .266 with 11 home runs and 80 RBIs. He would finish his 23-year career in Boston with 3,419 hits – ninth most all-time.

Yastrzemski would remain a fixture in the Red Sox’s lineup for the next 23 years and be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.

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