Boston Red Sox great Bobby Doerr dies
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 on Monday in Junction City, Oregon, the Red Sox said Tuesday in a statement.
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.
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.