Red Sox Great Bobby Do­err Dies

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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 in Junc­tion City, Ore­gon, the Red Sox said 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. “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 of­ten for­gave his more ac­com­plished friend for his sto­ried anger and im­pa­tience.

“Ted couldn’t un­der­stand medi­ocre, see,” Do­err told The As­so­ci­ated Press on his 90th birth­day in 2008, which the gov- er­nor of Ore­gon de­clared Bobby Do­err Day. “And I was in that medi­ocre class.”

Do­err’s mod­esty was be­lied by his stats: 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.

Do­err was in­ducted into the Na­tional Base­ball Hall of Fame in 1986 by the Vet­er­ans Com­mit­tee and the Red Sox re­tired his No. 1 jersey in 1988. The Red Sox hon­ored Do­err with a 2004 World Se­ries ring af­ter break­ing their 86-year cham­pi­onship drought.

He fre­quently led AL se­cond base­men in dou­ble plays, putouts and as­sists, cred­it­ing his field­ing skill to end­less hours spent bounc­ing a rub­ber ball against the front steps of his fam­ily’s Los An­ge­les home.

He re­turned from a year in the Navy to help the Red Sox win the 1946 AL pen­nant — the only time his teams got past the Yan­kees — but they lost Game 7 of the World Se­ries to the St. Louis Car­di­nals when Enos Slaugh­ter scored the win­ning run from first on a sin­gle. Do­err long main­tained that with just one more strong re­lief pitcher, they could have won more pen­nants.

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