Former Boston Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr died November 13 in Junction City, Oregon at the age of 99. Prior to his death, the Baseball Hall of Famer was the oldest living Major League Baseball player on record.
After playing for the Pacific Coast League with the Hollywood Stars – they later moved to San Diego and changed their names to the Padres -, Doerr crossed the country to play second base at Fenway Park and helped the Red Sox to win the American League Pennant in 1946. He spent 14 seasons holding down the number four spot on the field. Doerr was voted to the American League All Star team nine times.
Like many men in wartime, Doerr spent 1945 serving n the United Stated military.
Calling himself a mediocre player, Doerr had a lifetime batting average of .288 with a total of 2,042 hits, 223 home runs and 1,247 RBIs. He had a 414 game stretch where he did not make an error. In six of his 14 seasons, Doerr had at least 100 RBIs, a record that stood for 25 years for second basemen.
In 1988 the Boston Red Sox retired Doerr’s number one jersey.
Doerr retired from the game in 1951 with a bad back.
After an absence from the game, Deorr returned to the Red Sox to serve first as a scout and then a coach and later became the hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays. Even while still a player, Doerr would take time out to help his fellow teammates with their hitting.
He was born Robert Pershing Doerr on April 7, 1918 in Los Angeles. He began his professional baseball career when he was only 16 years old. He married Monica Roseman Terpin in 1938. They were married for 65 years until her death as a result of multiple sclerosis in 2003.
He is survived by son Don, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
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