25 Greatest Red Sox Ever: #25 – Reggie Smith

An ongoing series ranking the top 25 Red Sox of all time.

(Author’s note: This is a completely subjective list. It’s based mostly on my own opinion, although I did use multiple reference sources for research when compiling these rankings. Factors considered were not only stats, but also what each player meant to the organization and the city of Boston. I’m still fairly young, so I didn’t get the opportunity to see many of the all-time greats myself, so there will inevitably be a little bit of a recency bias, but I made a conscious effort to be as fair as I could to the old-timers. Only time spent in Boston was considered.)

Reggie Smith was a Red Sox outfielder from 1966-1973. In his 8 years in Boston, he hit .281/.354/.471/.826, with 149 HR and 536 RBI, compiling a 34.2 WAR (4.3/season average) during that time.

A model of consistency, Smith never hit less than 15 HR and never drove in less than 61 runs during his tenure. He hit over .300 and over 30 HR on 3 separate occasions each. Although he wasn’t the best fielder, he was known for having a rocket arm from the outfield, winning the Gold Glove in 1968.

Boston enjoyed a winning record in every one of Smith’s 8 years with the club, including a trip to the World Series in 1967.

(Header photo credit: Baseball Hall of Fame)

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