Bos­ton Red Sox Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr dies at 99

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - SPORTS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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 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.

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