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Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams pose together before a 1963 Red Sox game. (AP) 

Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams pose together before a 1963 Red Sox game. (AP) 

David Ortiz kisses his dog Mikey following conditioning drills at the team’s spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

GALLERY: Athletes and Their Dogs

David Ortiz kisses his dog Mikey following conditioning drills at the team’s spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
GALLERY: Athletes and Their Dogs

Carl Yastrzemski (8) celebrates with teammates Jose Tartabull (12), George Scott (5) and Dalton Jones (3) after hitting a three-run home run during Game 2 of the 1967 World Series. (Neil Leifer/SI) 

SI VAULT: Yaz, Red Sox battling for pennant (8.21.67)

Carl Yastrzemski (8) celebrates with teammates Jose Tartabull (12), George Scott (5) and Dalton Jones (3) after hitting a three-run home run during Game 2 of the 1967 World Series. (Neil Leifer/SI) 
SI VAULT: Yaz, Red Sox battling for pennant (8.21.67)

Closeup portrait of Boston Red Sox outfielder Tony Conigliaro with black eye, simulating an injury after getting hit by a ball. SI photographer Neil Leifer hired a makeup artist to recreate the shiner Conigliaro suffered on an August 1967 game against the Angels. (Neil Leifer/SI)  

SI VAULT: Conigliaro is nearly blind and wanting a return to Boston (7.19.71)

Closeup portrait of Boston Red Sox outfielder Tony Conigliaro with black eye, simulating an injury after getting hit by a ball. SI photographer Neil Leifer hired a makeup artist to recreate the shiner Conigliaro suffered on an August 1967 game against the Angels. (Neil Leifer/SI)  
SI VAULT: Conigliaro is nearly blind and wanting a return to Boston (7.19.71)

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz poses for a 2006 SI cover shoot. Ortiz, Boston’s longest-tenured player, will stay with the Red Sox after signing a two-year, $26 million deal. (Clay Patrick McBride/SI)

KEITH: Ortiz signing caps off a busy week in baseball
GALLERY: Rare Photos of David Ortiz

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz poses for a 2006 SI cover shoot. Ortiz, Boston’s longest-tenured player, will stay with the Red Sox after signing a two-year, $26 million deal. (Clay Patrick McBride/SI)
KEITH: Ortiz signing caps off a busy week in baseballGALLERY: Rare Photos of David Ortiz

Sparky Anderson celebrates with his players after the Reds defeated the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series. Cincinnati is currently ranked No. 3 in SI.com’s latest MLB Power Rankings. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Sparky Anderson
POWER RANKINGS: Find out where your team stands

Sparky Anderson celebrates with his players after the Reds defeated the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series. Cincinnati is currently ranked No. 3 in SI.com’s latest MLB Power Rankings. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Sparky AndersonPOWER RANKINGS: Find out where your team stands

Baseball’s best hitters — San Diego’s Tony Gwynn and Boston’s Wade Boggs — pose together at the 1987 MLB All-Star Game in Oakland. Gwynn would finish the season with a .370 average with Boggs trailing just behind at .363. (Richard Mackson/SI)

GALLERY: Baseball’s 3,000 Hit Club

Baseball’s best hitters — San Diego’s Tony Gwynn and Boston’s Wade Boggs — pose together at the 1987 MLB All-Star Game in Oakland. Gwynn would finish the season with a .370 average with Boggs trailing just behind at .363. (Richard Mackson/SI)
GALLERY: Baseball’s 3,000 Hit Club

There are two SI covers this week. The first features Bobby Valentine, the manager of the quickly collapsing Red Sox. The other features former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon and girlfriend Laurie Nevon as SI examines the lives of women caring for retired NFL players. (Robert Beck/SI)


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Mo Vaughn was one of the top sluggers of the ’90s but he also has the distinction of being one of the worst free agent signings in MLB history. The Angels signed the Red Sox slugger after the 1998 season for six years, $80 million. As SI’s Cliff Corcoran notes, Vaughn saw his production plummet when he left Fenway Park after the 1999 season (from a 148 OPS+ in his last six seasons there to a 117 OPS+ in his first two seasons in Anaheim), after which his body began to break down. He missed the 2001 season and was traded to the Mets that summer. (Harry How/Getty Images)

CORCORAN: The 10 Worst Free Agent Signings in MLB History

Mo Vaughn was one of the top sluggers of the ’90s but he also has the distinction of being one of the worst free agent signings in MLB history. The Angels signed the Red Sox slugger after the 1998 season for six years, $80 million. As SI’s Cliff Corcoran notes, Vaughn saw his production plummet when he left Fenway Park after the 1999 season (from a 148 OPS+ in his last six seasons there to a 117 OPS+ in his first two seasons in Anaheim), after which his body began to break down. He missed the 2001 season and was traded to the Mets that summer. (Harry How/Getty Images)
CORCORAN: The 10 Worst Free Agent Signings in MLB History

Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky passed away on Monday at the age of 92. Pesky, who missed three full season (1943-45) to serving in the military during World War II, batted .307 in 1,270 major league games. He also played for the Tigers and Senators. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)

GALLERY: Sports Figures With Their Own Statues

Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky passed away on Monday at the age of 92. Pesky, who missed three full season (1943-45) to serving in the military during World War II, batted .307 in 1,270 major league games. He also played for the Tigers and Senators. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)
GALLERY: Sports Figures With Their Own Statues

On this day in 1999, Red Sox legend Ted Williams returned to Fenway Park before the annual All-Star game. The legendary hitter was immediately surrounded by the all stars, who pounced on the opportunity to speak with the Hall of Famer. (Al Bello/Allsport)

SI VAULT: At 78, Williams as cantankerous as ever (11.25.96)

On this day in 1999, Red Sox legend Ted Williams returned to Fenway Park before the annual All-Star game. The legendary hitter was immediately surrounded by the all stars, who pounced on the opportunity to speak with the Hall of Famer. (Al Bello/Allsport)
SI VAULT: At 78, Williams as cantankerous as ever (11.25.96)

On this day in 1914, Babe Ruth made his major league debut as a member of the Red Sox. Ruth ended his 22-year career with 714 home runs, 2,217 RBIs and four World Series titles. (Corbis)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Babe Ruth

On this day in 1914, Babe Ruth made his major league debut as a member of the Red Sox. Ruth ended his 22-year career with 714 home runs, 2,217 RBIs and four World Series titles. (Corbis)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Babe Ruth

Yankees 2B Robinson Cano smacks a home run during the first round of the 2011 Home Run Derby. Cano would outslug Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez 12-11 in the final round to win the Derby. Cano will try and repeat as champion on Monday night in Kansas City. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

JAFFE: Who will win 2012 Home Run Derby?
GALLERY: Great Home Run Derby Moments

Yankees 2B Robinson Cano smacks a home run during the first round of the 2011 Home Run Derby. Cano would outslug Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez 12-11 in the final round to win the Derby. Cano will try and repeat as champion on Monday night in Kansas City. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
JAFFE: Who will win 2012 Home Run Derby?GALLERY: Great Home Run Derby Moments

Yankees outfielder Andruw Jones blasts a solo home run during the first game of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader against the Red Sox. Jones hit four home runs during the weekend series as New York took three out of four from their longtime rivals. The Yankees head into the all-star break with the best record in baseball.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the New York Yankees | Boston Red Sox

Yankees outfielder Andruw Jones blasts a solo home run during the first game of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader against the Red Sox. Jones hit four home runs during the weekend series as New York took three out of four from their longtime rivals. The Yankees head into the all-star break with the best record in baseball.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the New York Yankees | Boston Red Sox

Darnell McDonald makes a leaping catch at the wall to rob Kelly Johnson of a home run during Wednesday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays game. After a rough start to the season, Boston is now 40-35 and third place in the AL East. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)

POWER RANKINGS: See where Boston and Toronto rank

Darnell McDonald makes a leaping catch at the wall to rob Kelly Johnson of a home run during Wednesday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays game. After a rough start to the season, Boston is now 40-35 and third place in the AL East. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)
POWER RANKINGS: See where Boston and Toronto rank