First base – Jimmie Foxx
One challenge in choosing an all-century team of any kind is that careers from the distant past are fuzzy if not forgotten. Jimmie Foxx is in the nearly forgotten category, but the unusual spelling of his name has helped keep his name, if not his achievements, alive. As regards the latter, during seven years with the Red Sox he batted. .320 and had 222 home runs, including 50 in 1938.
Second base – Dustin Pedroia
This may be the toughest position of all to pick the starter. The franchise’s current second baseman, Dustin Pedroia, has “future Hall of Famer” stamped all over him, while his leading rival, Bobby Doerr, is already enshrined in Cooperstown, although selected by the Veterans Committee in 1986. Doerr, a teammate of Ted Williams, played his entire 14-year career with Boston and flashed exceptional power for a second baseman, with 223 home runs. Pedroia, at 5 ft. 8 in., is even shorter than the 5 ft. 11 in. Doerr, yet possesses uncanny swing-from-the-heels power. He’s the sort of guy who would run through a brick wall to win. His skill has already earned him American League Rookie of the Year honors in 2007, a Most Valuable Player award in 2008, and Gold Gloves in 2008 and 2011.
Third base – Wade Boggs