Legendary Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr passed away Monday in OR at age 99, the team said. At 99 years of age, Doerr was the oldest living Hall of Famer and former Major Leaguer.
The Los Angeles native was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986, and the Red Sox retired his number two years later.
"Bobby Doerr was part of an era of baseball giants and still stood out as one himself", said Red Sox owner John Henry, via the team's official statement regarding the matter.
Doerr was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986 before the Red Sox retired his No. 1 jersey two years later.
Doerr is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. "He set the standard for what it means to be a good teammate through abiding friendships with Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Dom DiMaggio, all while realizing legendary status on the diamond". Following his playing career that concluded in 1951, Doerr went back to OR to become a cattle rancher.
Doerr was a nine-time AL All-Star, finishing his career with 223 home runs and 1,247 RBIs, with a lifetime batting average of.288.
Doerr's best season was in 1944, when he hit.325 and led the league with a.528 slugging percentage after hitting 15 home runs with 30 doubles and 10 triples. Doerr did miss one season, 1945, to serve in the military.
Doerr was also the hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays in the first five years of that franchise's existence. After leading his American Legion team to a state championship in 1932, Doerr signed his first professional contract with the Hollywood Stars of the PCL.
Doerr and his wife, Monica, who were married from 1938 until her death in 2003, had one son, Donald.