GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Bobby Doerr, the Hall of Fame second baseman dubbed the “Silent Captain” of the Boston Red Sox by longtime teammate and life-long good friend Ted Williams, has died. He was 99.
Doerr died Monday, the Red Sox mentioned Tuesday in an announcement. The Red Sox mentioned Doerr had been the oldest residing main league participant.
“Bobby Doerr was part of an era of baseball giants and still stood out as one himself,” Red Sox proprietor John Henry mentioned within the badertion. “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Signed out of the outdated Pacific Coast League on the identical scouting journey that introduced Williams to Fenway Park, Doerr performed 14 seasons with the Red Sox and joined his fishing buddy within the Hall of Fame in 1986. He had a .288 lifetime common, serving to the Red Sox to the 1946 World Series, and within the first All-Star Game performed at evening he hit a three-run homer that gave the AL the lead for good.
The nine-time All-Star typically forgave his extra achieved good friend for his storied anger and impatience.
“Ted couldn’t understand mediocre, see. And I was in that mediocre clbad,” Doerr advised The Associated Press on his 90th birthday in 2008, which the governor of Oregon declared Bobby Doerr Day.
Doerr’s modesty was belied by his stats: He completed with 2,042 hits, 223 house runs and 1,247 RBIs and he as soon as went 414 video games with out an error — a report on the time. His six seasons with at the least 100 RBIs was not matched by one other 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.
As a hitter, Doerr mentioned he was all the time in search of the fastball, figuring he could not do a lot with a breaking ball until it was a dangling curve.
“I didn’t like to hit guys like Bob Feller,” Doerr advised the AP. “He had a big motion and was a little on the wild side. You just had to bow your neck and stay in there.”
He incessantly led AL second basemen in double performs, putouts and badists, crediting his fielding talent to limitless hours spent bouncing a rubber ball towards the entrance steps of his household’s Los Angeles house.
He helped the Red Sox win the AL pennant in 1946 — the one time his groups obtained previous the Yankees — however they misplaced Game 7 of the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals when Enos Slaughter scored the profitable run from first on a single. Doerr lengthy maintained that with only one extra sturdy aid pitcher, they might have received extra pennants.
Forced to retire by a foul again in 1951, Doerr lived out his retirement in Oregon, which he adopted as his house after spending a winter fishing for steelhead on the Rogue River and badembly his future spouse. When Doerr retired, he picked up a bamboo fly rod Williams designed and named for him — however Doerr nonetheless needed to pay for it.
Doerr returned to the Red Sox as a coach from 1967-69 and was a batting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1980.
He was carrying a Blue Jays cap in a house videotape whereas debating hitting with Williams throughout a 1987 fishing journey. Williams maintained a batter wanted to swing with a slight uppercut to squarely contact the ball on its downward angle from the pitcher’s mound; Doerr favored a stage swing, satisfied that the topspin placed on the ball would badist it carry.
The lifelong friendship between Doerr, Williams, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio was described by David Halberstam within the 2003 e-book “The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship.” A statue commemorating that friendship was unveiled at Fenway in 2010.
Doerr was the final surviving member of the group.
Born Robert Pershing Doerr in Los Angeles on April 7, 1918, he figured he would have grown as much as work for the phone firm like the remainder of his household if he hadn’t discovered a profession in baseball.
As a child, Doerr papered his room with footage of huge leaguers, and remained a fan whereas a giant leaguer himself, as soon as working to his locker for a bat to get autographed by Babe Ruth when he confirmed up at Fenway Park. He was 16 when he joined the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League in 1934, and moved with the workforce to San Diego in 1936, the place they turned the Padres.
That’s when Doerr met Williams, then a brash child out of highschool.
After the 1936 season in San Diego, Doerr spent the winter fly fishing for steelhead in Oregon, the place he fell in love with the trainer within the one-room schoolhouse after badembly her at a dance. The subsequent spring Doerr was known as as much as the Red Sox to affix future Hall of Fame stars Joe Cronin, Jimmie Foxx and Lefty Grove.
After the next season, Doerr and Monica Roseman Terpin had been married. Except for the 1945 season, which he spent within the Navy, Doerr and his household returned from Boston each winter to the Rogue River neighborhood of Illahe, which he described as akin to turning the clock again 100 years, with cabins lit by kerosene lamps and heated by wooden stoves and no indoor plumbing.
After retiring from baseball, Doerr moved his household to Junction City, his spouse’s hometown, so their son, Don, may go to center college.
“People ask, “Don’t you would like you performed now,” Doerr said in 1990. “No. I do know the cash is best, however I simply really feel lucky to have performed then. I believe we had extra enjoyable. We performed the sport laborious, however there’s a lot strain on these guys.”
This story has been corrected to point out that the title is Jimmie Foxx, not Jimmy Foxx.
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