Boston Red Sox great Bobby Doerr dies at 99

first_img 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, Ore., 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. 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. And I was in that mediocre class,” Doerr told The Associated Press on his 90th birthday in 2008, which the governor of Oregon declared Bobby Doerr Day. Boston Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams, left, tests the arm of Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr in this 1942 photo. Doerr, a Hall of Fame second baseman who was dubbed the “silent captain” by longtime Red Sox teammate and life-long friend Ted Williams, has died. He was 99. (AP Photo/File)last_img read more