For 86 years, the job of the Red Sox closer was never to be the last man standing.
Nearly a century of futility meant none of them had a chance to record the final out of the World Series, because the Red Sox always found ways to lose on the rare occasions they got there at all.
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That was true of Ellis Kinder, one of baseball's first closers, and it was true of the Monster, Dick Radatz, too. It stayed that way until Keith Foulke stabbed a grounder in 2004, unleashing a new era in team history.
Since that day, four men have tossed the last out of a World Series, and two of them are on this list.
One name you won't find: Craig Kimbrel. A three-time All-Star during his Red Sox career, Kimbrel recorded 108 saves in a Boston uniform, but for our money, these five men were better.
Who are the best closers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5 originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston