Bill Russell squares off against Carl Yastrzemski in the quarterfinals of the Boston’s Biggest Sports Legend tournament.
1. Bill Russell Bill Russell has a championship ring for every finger and one for a toe. The 11-time NBA champion, five-time MVP and 12-time All-Star is Boston’s winningest player ever. A Celtic for his entire 13-year NBA career, Russell tallied 14,522 points, 21,620 rebounds and 4,100 assists for the Green, leading to the retirement of his No. 6. Arguably the greatest defensive player in the game’s history, Russell is the all-time playoff leader in total rebounds (4,104) and rebounds per game (24.9), grabbing 40 rebounds in three separate postseason contests. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975, Russell was selected to the All-NBA First and Second Teams a combined 11 times. In 2009, the NBA named the Finals MVP trophy in Russell’s honor, a fitting gesture to recognize the most decorated athlete in Boston sports history.
2. Carl Yastrzemski Carl Yastrzemski played 23 seasons in the majors and all of them with the Red Sox. Patrolling left field for the majority of his career, Yaz was an 18-time All-Star and winner of seven Gold Gloves. He is a member of the exclusive 3,000 hit club with 3,419 and was the first AL player to reach 3,000 hits and also 400 home runs in a career. The Red Sox’ all-time leader in career RBIs, runs, hits, singles, doubles, total bases and games played, Yastzremski trails only Ted Williams on the franchise’s all-time home run list. He led the Red Sox to the AL pennant for the first time in two decades in 1967 and received the 1967 AL MVP award for his outstanding season. Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989, Yaz is the last player to win the Triple Crown in the majors.