Tom Yawkey

Thomas Austin Yawkey
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1980
Primary team: Boston Red Sox
Primary position: Executive

Thomas Austin Yawkey purchased the struggling Boston Red Sox in 1933 and dedicated the next 44 years to building a model franchise, capturing American League pennants in 1946, 1967 and 1975. A popular leader in Boston, Yawkey was a generous man, beloved by his players and the fans, and was a leader among big league owners. Ted Williams once said, “(Yawkey) had a heart as big as a watermelon. I loved the man from the bottom of my heart. He was unselfish, fair, sincere and honest.” Yawkey himself once said, “I was always taught to help others; that those of us fortunate enough to be born with material abundance should do what we can for those who are not. I do what I can.”

"He was someone I loved… Above all, he was one of the greatest sportsmen and humanitarians of this era or any era. "
Ted Williams

Career stats

Year Inducted: 1980
Primary Team: Boston Red Sox
Position Played: Executive
Birth place: Detroit, Michigan
Birth year: 1903
Died: 1976, Boston, Massachusetts