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Carl Yastrzemski

Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski followed in Ted Williams' footsteps in more ways than one after the Splendid Splinter retired in 1961.

Photo of Carl Yastrzemski on Yaz day

Yaz reaches out to fans on the last day of his baseball career.

Not only did "Yaz" pick up where Williams left off in left field, he also continued Williams' legacy of support for the Jimmy Fund.

It was Yaz who suggested that "Jimmy" receive a full share of the team's earnings from the 1967 World Series (about $5,000). The team agreed unanimously, without discussion. Yaz was named an honorary chairman of the Jimmy Fund and, in 1979, received the charity's highest honor, the Yawkey Award, in appreciation for more than a decade of service to the Jimmy Fund.

During his final season with the Sox in 1983, Yastrzemski showed his compassion and generosity for the charity in two big ways. First, he donated eight of the uniforms he wore during the last half of his final season. The now-retired No.8 uniforms were auctioned off for "Jimmy."

Later, during Yaz Day, a farewell ceremony on the last weekend of the season, Yastrzemski requested that a child from the Jimmy Fund be included on the speaker's platform. "I wanted a small lineup of people up there who represent only what's most important to me," said Yastrzemski.

Even in retirement, Yastrzemski has continued to make appearances at numerous events on behalf of the Jimmy Fund.