‘Silent Cap­tain’ dies

The London Free Press - - SPORTS -

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, Ore., the Red Sox said. 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. “And even with his Hall of Fame achieve­ments at sec­ond base, his char­ac­ter and per­son­al­ity out­shined it all.” 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 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 a sec­ond base­man for 25 years.

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