Dwight Evans

Right Fielder

Elected to Red Sox Hall of Fame: 2000

Awards and Recognition with Boston
Gold Glove Award, 1976
Gold Glove Award, 1978
Gold Glove Award, 1979
Gold Glove Award, 1981
Gold Glove Award, 1982
Gold Glove Award, 1983
Gold Glove Award, 1984
Gold Glove Award, 1985
Home Run Champion, 1981
Silver Slugger Award, 1981
Silver Slugger Award, 1987

Dwight Evans

Dwight Evans

Dwight Evans may not have been much at the plate when he began his big-league career in 1973 but, with a strong right throwing arm, he made runners think twice about trying to score on baseballs hit to right field in any park. Drafted by the Red Sox in 1969, he gave notice in 1972 that he was ready to join the major league ranks when he won the International League MVP award with Triple-A Louisville, batting .300 with 17 home runs and 95 RBI.

Three times, the man that the Fenway Park crowds affectionately called “Dewey” led the league in outfield assists. He also made perhaps one of the most spectacular defensive plays in franchise history in the sixth game of the 1975 World Series against Cincinnati. With Joe Morgan’s extra-inning fly ball heading towards the right-field grandstand, Evans tracked the ball perfectly and, with a leaping catch in front of the low outfield wall, robbed Morgan of a sure two-run shot. He then turned and threw the ball back to the infield to double up Ken Griffey off first, making for a spectacular double play.

When his career with the Red Sox ended after 18 full seasons in Boston, he owned eight Gold Gloves. Though not considered an offensive threat until late in his career, batting just .272 while with Boston, his offensive numbers improved as his career developed; in fact, his best season at the plate came in 1987 at age 35, getting career highs of .305, 34 home runs, and 123 RBI, earning MVP considerations. Even today, Evans still ranks high among Red Sox club leaders in several offensive categories.

Career Batting Statistics for Dwight Evans with Boston

SEASON AB R H HR RBI BB SB AVG
1972 57 2 15 1 6 7 0 .263
1973 282 46 63 10 32 40 5 .223
1974 463 60 130 10 70 38 4 .281
1975 412 61 113 13 56 47 3 .274
1976 501 61 121 17 62 57 6 .242
1977 230 39 66 14 36 28 4 .287
1978 497 75 123 24 63 65 8 .247
1979 489 69 134 21 58 69 6 .274
1980 463 72 123 18 60 64 3 .266
1981 412 84 122 22 71 85 3 .296
1982 609 122 178 32 98 112 3 .292
1983 470 74 112 22 58 70 3 .238
1984 630 121 186 32 104 96 3 .295
1985 617 110 162 29 78 114 7 .263
1986 529 86 137 26 97 97 3 .259
1987 541 109 165 34 123 106 4 .305
1988 559 96 164 21 111 76 5 .293
1989 520 82 148 20 100 99 3 .285
1990 445 66 111 13 63 67 3 .249
19 yrs 8726 1435 2373 379 1346 1337 76 .272

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Memorable Moments for Dwight Evans

  • 16 September 1972 - Dwight Evans makes his major league debut, replacing Reggie Smith in right field at Fenway Park, and goes hitless in his one at-bat as the Red Sox clobber the Indians, 10-0.
  • 5 May 1981 - In a game that takes two days to play due to a curfew rule, Dwight Evans reaches base seven times (four walks, three hits) in an extra-inning win over the Royals in Kansas City, 8-7.
  • 28 June 1984 - Dwight Evans hits for the cycle, capped by a three-run home run in the 11th inning, as Boston walks off with a 9-6 win over Seattle at Fenway Park.
  • 7 April 1986 - Despite hitting the very first pitch of the season for a home run, Dwight Evans and the Red Sox lose 6-5 to the Tigers in Detroit.
  • 1 June 1987 - Dwight Evans hits his 300th career home run but Boston loses on the road 9-5 to Minnesota.

 

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