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Did You Know? – Best Southpaws In Red Sox History

With the trade of Jon Lester to Oakland this past week, so departs one of the best left-handed starting pitchers in Red Sox team history, with 110 wins, a no-hitter, and two World Series championships to his credit. Among southpaws in team history, his 110 wins is second-most behind the legendary Mel Parnell and his 1386 strikeouts leads all others.

There is no question from anyone who has watched him over his eight-plus seasons with Boston that he has been an invaluable contributor to its recent success and there’s a possibility that we have not seen him pitch for the last time in a Red Sox uniform. So how does he compare to others greats who have pitched for this franchise?

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    Featured Player - Shane Victorino

    Born: 30 November 1980 in Wailuku, HI
    College: None
    Drafted in 1999 by the Los Angeles Dodgers

    Fun Fact: Nicknamed "The Flyin' Hawaiian," Victornio is a former Aloha State high school track and field champ in the 100 m, 200 m, and 400 m dashes; his 100 m time (10.80) is a state meet record. Victorino is of Portuguese, Hawaiian, Japanese, Okinawan, and Chinese descent and his last name is of Portuguese descent. ...more on Shane Victorino.

    Other Red Sox players: Junichi Tazawa, Will Middlebrooks, Koji Uehara

    Red Sox Legend - Lefty Grove

    Years with Boston: 1934-1941
    Position: Pitcher

    Fun Fact: Grove is one of one four pitchers in franchise history to hit a grand slam, doing so in July of 1935 in an extra-inning loss to the Philadelphia Athletics. In his career, he hit 15 total home runs and just four with Boston. ...more on Lefty Grove.

    Other Red Sox legends: Ted Williams, Tony Conigliaro, Carlton Fisk

    This Week in Red Sox History

    25 November 1949 - Ted Williams wins his second American League Most Valuable Player award; the Red Sox outfielder finished only .0002 points shy of the batting title, which would have also won him the Triple Crown for a third time.

    25 November 1998 - Mo Vaughn signs a free agent contract with the Anaheim Angels.

    25 November 2002 - Having grown up in the shadows of Fenway Park in Brookline, MA, twenty-eight-year-old Theo Epstein becomes the youngest general manager in Major League Baseball history when the Red Sox select him to replace interim GM Mike Port.

    26 November 1975 - Fred Lynn becomes the first ballplayer to win Most Valuable Player honors in the same season that he wins Rookie of the Year. The Red Sox outfielder receives 22 of 24 first-place votes.

    28 November 1958 - The Red Sox sign Notre Dame sophomore Carl Yastrzemski to a minor league contract worth $108,000.

    28 November 2003 - Boston trades four players, including pitcher Casey Fossum, to Arizona for former Red Sox pitching prospect Curt Schilling.

    30 November 1926 - Former skipper Bill Carrigan comes out of retirement at the request of Boston ownership to once again manage the Red Sox. However, after three seasons of futility, Carrigan retires for good in December 1929.

    Fenway Park Feature - Retired Numbers

    Fun Fact: The first two numbers to be retired by the Red Sox were Ted Williams (9) and Joe Cronin (4), who had their numbers retired on the same day in 1984. No other players have since shared the honor simultaneously. ...more on the Retired Numbers.

    Other Fenway Park features: Pesky Pole, The Lone Red Seat, Manual Scoreboard