Editor's note: NESN.com is teaming up with WhatIfSports.com to crown the greatest Red Sox team of all time with the "Red Sox Showdown for the Ages." Click here for more information on the 16-team simulation tournament.
Before the "Red Sox Showdown for the Ages" can begin, the final two teams in the bracket must be filled. One of the teams up for those final two spots is the 1950 team.
1950 Boston Red Sox
Finish: Third place in American League
Managers: Joe McCarthy and Steve O’Neil
Best Player: Ted Williams (.317 average, 28 home runs, 97 RBIs)
Best Pitcher: Mel Parnell (18-10, 3.61 ERA)
Breakdown: This Red Sox team may not have posted any pennants, but it was certainly a strong team, especially on offense. In fact, the '50 team had the best offense in the history of the ballclub, at least in terms of runs scored. Behind another standout season from Ted Williams, Boston scored 1,027 runs. Of course, Williams had some help. Bobby Doerr drove in 120 runs as a second baseman, and Vern Stephens and Walt Dropo put up the team's best run production numbers. Dropo slugged 30 homers to go along with 144 RBIs, while Stephens also drove in 144, with 30 home runs.
You can click here to vote on which two teams will be added to the bracket. Voting closes on June 13, and the opening round results will then be revealed on June 20.