Bos­ton Red Sox great Bobby Doerr dies at 99

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS -

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. 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.

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