The storied history of the Red Sox includes no shortage of all-time great Hall of Famers, from Ted Williams to Carl Yastrzemski to Pedro Martinez. When we hear their names, we immediately associate them with Boston.
But there's another group of Hall of Famers who don't scream Red Sox, but actually spent a portion of their careers here.
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The slick-fielding Luis Aparicio spent his final three seasons in Boston, memorably tripping around third in a crucial showdown with the Tigers for the 1972 pennant.
Frank Chance of Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance fame actually spent a year behind the bench, managing the Red Sox to an eighth-place finish in 1923.
Turn-of-the-century right-hander Jack Chesbro, a Massachusetts native, made the final appearance of his career with his hometown team in the 1909 season finale.
None of them make the following list, however, which is the 10 Hall of Famers we still can't believe suited up for the Red Sox, from a 300-game winner to a stolen base king to one of the greatest pure hitters of all time.
Relax, Patriots fans. You can still refer to Tom Brady as "Tom Terrific" if you want. It just won't be a trademarked nickname.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office denied Brady's application to trademark the moniker because it "may falsely suggest a connection with Tom Seaver."
Brady received a ton of blowback from Mets fans and others after applying for the trademark earlier this year, and the Patriots quarterback claimed that the reason he was seeking the trademark was to get people to stopcalling him "Tom Terrific."
"I didn’t want people associating me with that," Brady said on June 6. "It’s something I didn’t want to have happen. I don’t like the nickname. I don’t like when people probably give me many nice compliments, certainly that. It wasn’t something I was trying to do out of any disrespect or any ill manner."
In a letter to Brady's representatives, the Patent and Trademark Office wrote "The nickname TOM TERRIFIC points uniquely and unmistakably to Tom Seaver, and the fame or reputation of Tom Seaver as 'Tom Terrific' is such that a connection between Mr. Seaver and the applied-for goods would be presumed."
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