The Boston Red Sox did not have a General Manager until Tom Yawkey bought the team in 1933 and brought in Eddie Collins. Up through 1965 Boston had Joe Cronin, Bucky Harris and Pinky Higgins at that post.
Lets compare the past 50 years and which GM was the best in Boston.
Dick O’Connell lasted from 1965 through 1977. In that time his best moves were in 1967 when he picked up Gary Bell, Jerry Adair, Norm Siebern, and Elston Howard, which all helped lead to the Impossible Dream pennant. He also signed the first free agent that year, as Ken Harrelson was let go by Oakland, and Boston signed him over all other bidders.
O’Connell signed Boston’s first free agent in the 1977 season, closer Bill Campbell.
He also traded away Tony Conigliaro, something I will never forgive him for. I wrote to him in 1970, and he replied he only hoped the move would make the team better. It never did as Doug Griffin did not last long in Boston. He also traded away Reggie Smith, and George Scott, both of whic...