Players Who Played for the Yankees and Red Sox

A list of the greatest players who have donned the uniform for both the Yankees and the Red Sox.

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Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth is one of the most iconic baseball players in history. He started his career with the Red Sox, but was sold to the Yankees in 1920. He played for the Yankees for the rest of his career and is remembered as one of the greatest players of all time.

Traded from the Red Sox to the Yankees

Babe Ruth is one of the most iconic baseball players of all time. He started his career with the Boston Red Sox, where he helped the team win the World Series in 1918. In 1920, he was traded to the New York Yankees, where he spent the rest of his career. He is considered one of the greatest players in Yankees history.

Became a Yankee legend

In 1920, Ruth was sold by the Red Sox to the New York Yankees, where he quickly became one of the most prolific sluggers in baseball history. His Yankees career (.349 batting average, 659 home runs) cemented his legend and earned him the moniker “The Sultan of Swat”. Ruth led the Yankees to four World Series championships and was an eight-time AL home run champion.

Roger Clemens

Roger Clemens played for both the Yankees and Red Sox during his 24 year MLB career. He is one of the most decorated pitchers in baseball history, winning seven Cy Young Awards, an MVP award, and two World Series titles. Clemens is also one of only two pitchers to ever win 20 games in a season for both the Yankees and Red Sox.

Traded from the Yankees to the Red Sox

On February 18, 1999, after spending 12 seasons with the Yankees, Clemens was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for David Wells, Graeme Lloyd and Homer Bush. This occurred less than two years after signing a then-record four-year, $31.1 million contract extension. Clemens finished his Blue Jays career as their all-time strikeout leader with 2,673 strikeouts in just over five seasons (2,god save the queen46 starts).

Won a World Series with the Red Sox

Clemens was born in Ohio and played high school baseball in Texas, but he is most closely associated with two American League teams, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. He began his major league career with the Red Sox in 1984 and helped them win the World Series in 1986. In 1996, he joined the Yankees, with whom he won three more World Series titles, in 1999, 2000, and 2009. Clemens is one of only two pitchers (the other being Warren Spahn) to have won a World Series with both teams.

Wade Boggs

Wade Boggs played for the Red Sox from 1982 to 1992 and then for the Yankees from 1993 to 1997. He was a 12-time All-Star and won five Gold Glove Awards. Boggs is one of only four players in history to have at least 3,000 hits and 250 home runs.

Played for the Red Sox

Wade Boggs played his first 11 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Triple-A Pawtucket (1982–1985), and the Major League team (1986–1996). He is a member of the 500 home run club and was the first player in history to hit a home run in his first at-bat and third plate appearance. He played his final season with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999 and became a part-time instructor for them from 2001 to 2004.

Won a World Series with the Yankees

Wade Boggs won a World Series with the New York Yankees in 1996. He played third base and was one of the best hitters of his era. He had a batting average of over .300 in eleven different seasons.

Johnny Damon

Johnny Damon was a professional baseball player who played for the Yankees from 2006 to 2009, and then for the Red Sox from 2002 to 2005. He is one of only four players in Major League history to have won a World Series with both teams.

Played for the Red Sox

Johnny Damon played for the Red Sox from 2002-2005. He helped the team to win the World Series in 2004, their first championship in 86 years.

Won a World Series with the Red Sox

Johnny Damon is an outfielder who played for the Kansas City Royals (1995-2000), Oakland Athletics (2001), Boston Red Sox (2002-2005), New York Yankees (2006-2009), Detroit Tigers (2010), Tampa Bay Rays (2011) and Cleveland Indians (2012). He won a World Series with the Red Sox in 2004.

Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury is an American professional baseball center fielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Boston Red Sox, with whom he won the 2007 World Series.

Played for the Red Sox

Jacoby Ellsbury played for the Red Sox from 2007-2013. He was drafted in the first round of the 2005 MLB draft by the Red Sox. He made his major league debut with the Red Sox in 2007, and won a World Series with them in 2013. He signed a seven-year, $153 million contract with the Yankees in 2014.

Won a World Series with the Red Sox

Jacoby Ellsbury played for the Red So from 2007-2013 and was apart of the team that won the World Series in 2007. He then played for the Yankees from 2014-2017. Currently, he is a free agent.

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