Photo: David ‘Big Papi’  Ortiz

David 'Big Papi' Ortiz

World Champion and National Baseball Hall of Fame Member


David, a kid from the Dominican Republic, made his Major-League debut with the Minnesota Twins in 1997. After six seasons with the Twins, he signed with the Red Sox in 2003. His arrival sparked immediate success, with him finishing top 5 in MVP voting and leading the Red Sox to the ALCS. He quickly became a fan favorite, earning the nickname 'Big Papi.' In the 2004 postseason, his heroics, including a walk-off home run and a game-winning single, helped the Red Sox overcome a 3-0 deficit against the Yankees, a feat unmatched in baseball history. That year, they won their first World Series in 86 years by sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals. He went on to help bring Boston two more World Series Championships in 2007 and 2013. David was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2022, becoming the first career DH to be selected on the first ballot.