Bobby Doerr, Red Sox Hall of Famer, dead at 99

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

The Boston Red Sox have formally announced that Hall of Fame second baseman Bobby Doerr has passed away at the age of 99.

Forced to retire by a bad back in 1951, Doerr lived out his retirement in Oregon. "And even with his Hall of Fame achievements at second base, his character and personality outshined it all". He was also the last of the famous group of Red Sox players, including Williams, Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky, who, in the 1940s and 1950s, forged the identity of the storied franchise for millions of northeast fans. He compiled a.288 lifetime batting average and 223 home runs during that span while earning All-Star recognition nine times.

Doerr began his Red Sox career in 1937 at only 19 years old. He would've turned 100 on April 7.

A sweet-fielding, hard-hitting player, Doerr was signed on the same scouting trip that brought Williams to Fenway Park, where the latter established himself as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history.

The Red Sox also inducted him into its inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1995. He was named the American League MVP by The Sporting News that season. In his lone World Series appearance he hit.409/.458/.591 as the Red Sox lost to the Cardinals in 1946.

Doerr made his Major League Baseball debut at the age of 19, but back problems led to his retirement at the age of 33. A few years later, he returned as a scout for the team and then as a first base coach and hitting instructor. Always humble and considered one of the true gentlemen of the game, Doerr was the oldest person ever elected to the Hall at the time of his enshrinement.

Doerr is survived by his son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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