Best of Boston

Best Athlete, Red Sox

1983 Best Athlete, Turned-Coach

Gerry Cheevers

Ex-Bruins goalie almost pulled off a miracle. read more»
1983 Best Athlete, Who Gives Back the Most to Boston

John Smith

The Patriots' English place-kicker is available for soccer clinics and public appearances. And his relatives wouldn't have anything to do with the Mayflower. read more»
1983 Best Athlete, Pro

Larry Bird

And next year's his contract year. read more»
1983 Best Athlete, Amateur

Joan Benoit

Her marathon win was comparable to Bob Beamon's legendary Olympic long jump. read more»
1983 Best Athlete, Pro Amateur

Bill Rodgers

Appearance fees, consultant fees, clothing and shoe endorsements, and he still gets to try out for the Olympics. read more»
1982 Best Athlete, Professional

Marvelous Marvin Hagler

Tenacious, pugnacious, and gracious. Everything a champion should be. read more»
1982 Best Athlete, College

Northeastern’s Basketball Star Perry Moss

The sleeper of the year. read more»
1982 Best Athlete, Celtics Player

Larry Bird

Sub or starter, the hick from French Lick is our pick. read more»
1982 Best Athlete, Red Sox Player

Ralph Houk

The manager's not a baseball man. He's an alchemist. read more»
1982 Best Athlete, Bruins Player

Ray Bourque

Dependable, often dominant. When he went down, the Nordiques had a lock. read more»
1982 Best Athlete, Patriots Player

John Hannah

Through a long, lost season he shouldered both his team and his reputation, and neither of them down. read more»
1982 Best Athlete, Who Gives Most Back to Boston

Yaz

His mail goes to Florida, but his eminence stays with us. read more»
1981 Best Athlete, Professional

Larry Bird

The Celtics forward proved the hype is for real. read more»
1981 Best Athlete, Amateur, Male

Pat Ewing

The best high-school basketball player we'll see. Good luck, big guy. read more»
1981 Best Athlete, Amateur, Female

Medina Dixon

Perhaps the second-best high-school basketball player we'll see. What do they put in the Cambridge water? read more»