Bos­ton Red Sox great Bobby Doerr dies at 99

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - JEFF BARNARD

GRANTS PASS, Ore. Bobby Doerr, the Hall of Fame sec­ond base­man dubbed the “Silent Cap­tain” of the Bos­ton Red Sox by long­time team­mate and friend Ted Wil­liams, has died. He was 99.

Doerr died Mon­day in Junc­tion City, Ore­gon, the Red Sox said Tues­day in a state­ment. The Red Sox said Doerr had been the oldest liv­ing ma­jor league player.

“Bobby Doerr was part of an era of base­ball gi­ants and still stood out as one him­self,” Red Sox owner John Henry said in the state­ment. “And even with his Hall of Fame achieve­ments at sec­ond base, his char­ac­ter and per­son­al­ity out­shined it all. He will be missed.”

Signed out of the old Pa­cific Coast League on the same scout­ing trip that brought Wil­liams to Fen­way Park, Doerr played 14 sea­sons with the Red Sox and joined his fish­ing buddy in the Hall of Fame in 1986. He had a .288 life­time av­er­age and helped the Red Sox to the 1946 World Se­ries.

The nine-time All-Star of­ten for­gave his more ac­com­plished friend for his sto­ried anger and im­pa­tience.

“Ted couldn’t un­der­stand medi­ocre, see. And I was in that medi­ocre class,” Doerr told The As­so­ci­ated Press on his 90th birth­day in 2008, which the gov­er­nor of Ore­gon de­clared Bobby Doerr Day.

Doerr’s mod­esty was be­lied by his stats: He fin­ished with 2,042 hits, 223 home runs and 1,247 RBIs and he once went 414 games with­out an er­ror — a record at the time. His six sea­sons with at least 100 RBIs was not matched by an­other sec­ond base­man for 25 years.

Doerr was in­ducted into the Na­tional Base­ball Hall of Fame in 1986 by the Veter­ans Com­mit­tee and the Red Sox re­tired his No. 1 jersey in 1988. The Red Sox hon­oured Doerr with a 2004 World Se­ries ring after break­ing their 86-year cham­pi­onship drought.

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