Best of Boston

Best Athlete, Red Sox

1987 Best Athlete, Pro

Kevin McHale

Were it not for Hall of Farmer Larry Bird's preeminence, McHale might be recognized as the greatest basketball player this town has seen since John [...] read more»
1987 Best Athlete, Amateur

John Bosa of Boston College and Reggie Lewis of Norhteastern University

Bosa, the Eagles' defensive end, was a first-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins. Lewis, the Huskie forward, will be wearing the green for the [...] read more»
1987 Best Athlete, Patriots

Tony Eason. Or Steve Grogan.

Quarterback was an oasis of consistency on a barren offense that had to throw—or intercept—to make yardage. And, given the offensive line, had to throw [...] read more»
1986 Best Athlete, Pro

Danny Ainge

Yeah, yeah. We've knocked him in the past as a player. But his athleticism is unquestioned. He has played major league baseball. And this year [...] read more»
1986 Best Athlete, Pro

Larry Bird

Fooled you, right? read more»
1986 Best Athlete, Bruins Player

Ray Bourque

Another all-star year. read more»
1986 Best Athlete, Celtics Player

Larry Bird

(Fooled you again, right?) With Kevin McHale a worthy runner-up. read more»
1986 Best Athlete, Red Sox Player

Wade Boggs

And every year baseball's best hitter works to improve. read more»
1986 Best Athlete, College

Scott Fusco

The Harvard hockey player won his sport's top national award, the Hobey Baker trophy, and might have led the Crimson to a national championship ha [...] read more»
1986 Best Athlete, Patriots Player

Andre Tippett

<p>Dick Butkus.</p> <p>That's who linebacker Andre Tippett brings to mind, says Dick Shinnick, the Patriots' linebacker coach. "His impact on a game is Butkus's."</p> <p>Tippett, [...] read more»
1985 Best Athlete, Pro

Marvelous Marvin Hagler

He looked mahvelous. read more»
1985 Best Athlete, Amateur

Ray Flynn

Basketball or running, Mayor. You've got to choose. read more»
1985 Best Athlete, Celtics Player

Larry Bird and Kevin McHale

The former for the regular season, of course. The latter for the play-offs. read more»
1985 Best Athlete, Red Sox Player

Jim Rice

For the second year in a row, but pressed hard by Tony Armas. read more»
1985 Best Athlete, Bruins Player

Ray Bourque

Although the defenseman couldn't carry the team. read more»