The Boston Red Sox came into the American League in 1901 and for the first five years they had only one captain, third baseman Jimmy Collins from 1901-1905.
From 1906 through 1923 they had 15 players accept that role up through Mike Menosky in 1923.
Then the Red Sox were captain-less from 1924 through 1939.
Jimmie Foxx was captain of the Sox from 1940-1942, and nobody else took that “C” until Carl Yastrzemski accepted it from manager Bill Herman in 1966.
In 1967 Captain Carl lost his C in Spring Training when new manager Dick Williams said; “No, we will not have a captain this year, I know what Billy (Herman) had in mind. He hoped to give Yaz more responsibility and make him more aggressive. But a manager has to be the leader himself. I will be the captain.”
The headlines in the Sarasota Herald on March 26, 1967 said “Williams plans to run taut ship.”