Ringmasters: Boston athletes with three rings
Three times the bling
In the 113 years since there has been a professional sports franchise, 51 players have have won three championships. Tonight, with a win over the Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series, David Ortiz joins that illustrious group.
Red Sox: 2004, 2007, 2013
Big Papi is the only player who remains on the Red Sox from when they won two titles in four years back in the aughts. Known as a clutch hitter ever since the team's title run in 2004, Ortiz had one of the best World Series performances of all time against the Cardinals, hitting .688 (11-for-16), with two homers, six RBI, eight walks and seven runs.
Red Sox: 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918
Before the Red Sox went 86 years without winning a title, they were a dynasty, led in part by a young lefty starting pitcher named Babe Ruth. Thirteen Sox from the early 1900s grabbed three rings: Dick Hoblitzell, Dutch Leonard, Carl Mays, Babe Ruth, Everett Scott, Heinie Wagner, Hick Cady, Bill Carrigan, Larry Gardner, Olaf Henriksen, Duffy Lewis and Pinch Thomas. Harry Hooper was around for all four titles.
Patriots: 2001, 2003, 2004
Here are a few names that should sound a little more familiar. There were 18 Patriots who were part of all three championship runs alongside coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady: Joe Andruzzi, Tedy Bruschi, Matt Chatham, Je'Rod Cherry, Kevin Faulk, Larry Izzo, Ted Johnson, Ty Law, Matt Light, Willie McGinest, Patrick Pass, David Patten, Lonnie Paxton, Roman Phifer, Richard Seymour, Adam Vinatieri and Mike Vrabel.
Celtics: 1981, 1984, 1986
The Celtics in the early-to-mid 1980s had one golden mullet and compiled three golden Larry O'Brien Trophies thanks to the original Big Three of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish.
Celtics: 1957, 1959, 1960-1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976
The number of players with at least three rings who played during this stretch skyrockets to a whopping 16. Here they are, the legends who helped set the foundation for the winningest franchise in NBA history (total rings in parentheses): Bill Russell (12), Sam Jones (11), KC Jones (9), Tommy Heinsohn (9), John Havlicek (8), Satch Sanders (8), Frank Ramsey (8), Jim Loscutoff (8), Bob Cousy (7), Don Nelson (5), Bill Sharman (5), Larry Siegfried (5), Gene Guarilia (4), Gene Conley (4), Lou Tsioropoulos (3) and Willie Naulls (3).
Bruins: 1929, 1939, 1941
Only one Bruin in the history of the franchise has been part of three championship runs: Dit Clapper. He spent 20 years with the Bruins as a winger, a defenseman, player-coach and head coach after his retirement as a player. His No. 5 has been retired by the team.