‘Silent Captain’ dies
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.