Bill "Soup" Campbell
“Soup” Campbell was the first major big-money free-agent acquisition in the history of the Red Sox. He arrived in Boston before the 1977 season from Minnesota and was promptly put to work. The tall, lanky righthander would appear in 69 games for the Red Sox that season, saving 31 games, going 13-9 (a team-high for wins) and throwing 140 innings in a relief role, winning Fireman of The Year honors for the second straight year.
It’s no wonder he sported such a grizzled swath of facial hair back in the day: he barely had any time to shave since he was always pitching. Elbow injuries, likely due to overwork, curtailed his career in Boston and he would go on to pitch for five teams after leaving the Red Sox.