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42 Years of Red Sox Baseball: Team Total WAR & Fast Facts

In the final installment of this 3-part series we'll be looking at some facts about Team records, player usage and the like over the past 42 seasons (2013-1972). I've also combined the Team pWAR and Team bWAR to look at the best (and worst) overall teams by WAR.

Here is the requisite chart showing Red Sox Team WAR by Year:

Top 5 Teams by Total Team WAR

  1. 2007 (60.2)
  2. 2013 (56.1)
  3. 2003 (54.8)
  4. 2004 (54.5)
  5. 2008 (54.1)

Bottom 5 Teams by Total Team WAR (1981 & 1994 excluded)

  1. 2012 (26.5)
  2. 1983 (30.8)
  3. 1992 (31.6)
  4. 1987 (32.8)
  5. 1980 (35.6)
21 Fast Facts Covering the Past 42 Years of Red Sox Baseball:
  1. The Red Sox have reached the post-season in 14 of the 42 past seasons which is exactly 1/3 of the seasons.
  2. The Sox have been to the World Series in 5 of the past 42 years, winning the past 3 (2013, 2007, 2004) and losing the first 2 (1975, 1986).
  3. No Red Sox team over the past 42 years has won 100 or more games. The squad to come the closest was the 1978 group with 99.
  4. Only one team over the past 42 years had an exact 0.500 record and that was the 1985 squad, the only team to go 81-81.
  5. Only twice over the past 42 years have the Sox finished last in their division (2012, 1992)
  6. The Sox have won the AL East 7 times in the past 42 years (2013, 2007, 1995, 1990, 1988, 1986, 1975)
  7. Two Sox teams tie for the least amount of position players used with 31 (1978, 1983) (This year's team has already used 36 at the half-way point)
  8. 56 position players were used by the 2012 squad, the most over the past 42 years.
  9. The 1976 team used 11 pitchers.....all season. That is the least amount over the past 42 years. (This year's squad has already used 16)
  10. The 2006 team used 28 pitchers over the course of that season which is the most used over the past 42 years.
  11. The Sox have used 16 managers over the past 42 years....think you can name them all?
  12. 3 managers only managed partial seasons: Joe Kerrigan (2001), Eddie Popowski (1973) and Mr. "foul-pole" himself Johnny Pesky (1980)
  13. Only one manager actually played for the Red Sox over the past 42 years: Butch Hobson (1992-1994)
  14. Terry Francona managed the Sox for the most years with 8 (2004-2011)
  15. Don Zimmer, he of the famous run-in with Pedro Martinez, managed the Sox from 1976 to 1980
  16. The 2003 team was the most prodigious scoring squad with 961 runs.
  17. The 1976 team scored the fewest runs in the past 42 years with 716.
  18. The 1996 team allowed the most runs scored over the past 42 years with 921 runs allowed.
  19. The 1973 allowed only 647 runs which is the lowest total over the past 42 years.
  20. Only two individual players eclipsed the 10.0 WAR mark over the past 42 years: Roger Clemens in 1990 (10.6) and Pedro Martinez in 2000 (11.7)
  21. The highest position player WAR total belongs to Wade Boggs in 1985 with 9.1.
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