As of right now the newest Red Sox player, Xander Bogaerts is 20 years, 10 months and 19 days (323 days) old, which means that once he appears in his first major league game, perhaps tonight in San Francisco, he will be the youngest Red Sox to make his debut in the bigs since Dwight Evans who was 20 years, 318 days on September 16, 1972 when he entered as a pinch runner for Reggie Smith in the sixth inning with the score 9-0 against the Indians.
Evans and Bogaerts are far from the youngest players in Red Sox history. That distinction belongs to catcher Jim Pagliaroni who was just 17 years, 248 days when he subbed in for Sammy White on August 13, 1955 against the Senators.
Since 1920 there have been 44 Red Sox who’ve make their major league debuts at a younger age than Bogaerts including 22 who arrived as wet behind the ears teenagers. Here are the 10 youngest:
As you see, Hall of Famers Bobby Doerr and Red Ruffing were among the youngest players to ever patrol Fenway Park. Here are some other notables who arrived in Boston prior to their 21st birthday.
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