Red Sox Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr Dies at 99

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The Boston Red Sox today announced in a press release the passing of Hall of Fame second baseman Bobby Doerr at his OR home.

Born in Los Angeles on April 7, 1918, Doerr was the oldest living Major League Baseball League player prior to his death.

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986 and had his number, 1, retired by the Red Sox in 1988.

"Bobby Doerr was part of an era of baseball giants and still stood out as one himself", Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry said Tuesday.

Doerr spent a total of 27 years in the Boston organization, including all 14 years of his playing career from 1937 to 1951.

Doerr is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"Bobby's life is one we salute not only for its longevity, but for its grace", said Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.

Unfortunately, Doerr was forced to retire at the age of 33 due to a lingering back injury. He compiled a.288 lifetime batting average and 223 home runs during that span while earning All-Star recognition nine times.

He served as a scout for the Red Sox from 1957 to 1966.

Doerr was immortalized in bronze as one of the four players in the "Teammates" statue outside Fenway Park, along with Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams.

Following his resignation, be was hired as the hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1977 to 1981. After leading the American League in slugging (.528) in 1944, he put his career on hold to enlist in the military, serving in his home state of California for the duration of World War II. Always humble and considered one of the true gentlemen of the game, Doerr was the oldest person ever elected to the Hall at the time of his enshrinement.

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