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By Jeff BarnardThe Associated Press
Tues., Nov. 14, 2017
GRANTS PASS, ORE.—Bobby Doerr, the Hall of Fame additional baseman dubbed the Silent Captain of the Boston Red Sox by longtime assistant and acquaintance Ted Williams, has died. He was 99.
Doerr died Monday in Junction City, Ore., the Red Sox said Tuesday in a statement. The Red Sox said Doerr had been the oldest active above alliance player.
“Bobby Doerr was allotment of an era of baseball giants and still stood out as one himself,” Red Sox buyer John Henry said in the statement. “And alike with his Hall of Fame achievements at additional base, his appearance and personality outshined it all. He will be missed.”
Signed out of the old Pacific Coast Alliance on the aforementioned aloof cruise that brought Williams to Fenway Park, Doerr played 14 seasons with the Red Sox and abutting his fishing associate in the Hall of Fame in 1986. He had a .288 lifetime boilerplate and helped the Red Sox to the 1946 World Series.
The nine-time all-star generally forgave his added able acquaintance for his acclaimed acrimony and impatience.
“Ted couldn’t accept mediocre, see. And I was in that characterless class,” Doerr told The Associated Press on his 90th altogether in 2008, which the governor of Oregon declared Bobby Doerr Day.
Doerr’s bashfulness was belied by his stats: He accomplished with 2,042 hits, 223 home runs and 1,247 RBIs and he already went 414 amateur afterwards an absurdity — a almanac at the time. His six seasons with at atomic 100 RBIs was not affiliated by addition additional 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 honoured Doerr with a 2004 World Series arena afterwards breaking their 86-year championship drought.
As a hitter, Doerr said he was consistently attractive for the fastball, addition he couldn’t do abundant with a breaking brawl unless it was a blind curve.
“I didn’t like to hit guys like Bob Feller,” Doerr told the AP. “He had a big motion and was a little on the agrarian side. You aloof had to bow your close and break in there.”
He frequently led AL additional basemen in bifold plays, put-outs and assists, crediting his fielding accomplishment to amaranthine hours spent bouncing a elastic brawl adjoin the advanced accomplish of his family’s Los Angeles home.
He helped the Red Sox win the AL banderole in 1946 — the alone time his teams got accomplished the Yankees — but they absent Bold 7 of the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals aback Enos Slaughter denticulate the acceptable run from aboriginal on a single. Doerr continued maintained that with aloof one added able abatement pitcher, they could accept won added pennants.
Forced to retire by a bad aback in 1951, Doerr lived out his retirement in Oregon, his adopted home afterwards spending a winter fishing for steelhead on the Rogue River and affair his approaching wife. Aback Doerr retired, he best up a bamboo fly rod Williams advised and alleged for him — but Doerr still had to pay for it.
Doerr alternate to the Red Sox as a drillmaster from 1967-69 and was a batting drillmaster for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1977 to 1981.
He was cutting a Blue Jays cap in a home cine while debating hitting with Williams during a 1987 fishing trip. Williams maintained a concoction bare to beat with a slight bang to absolutely acquaintance the brawl on its bottomward bend from the pitcher’s mound; Doerr favoured a affiliated swing, assertive that the topspin put on the brawl would advice it carry.
The constant accord amid Doerr, Williams, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio was declared by David Halberstam in the 2003 book The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship. A bronze commemorating that accord was apparent at Fenway in 2010.
Doerr was the aftermost actual affiliate of the group.
Born Robert Pershing Doerr in Los Angeles on April 7, 1918, he ample he would accept developed up to assignment for the blast aggregation like the blow of his ancestors if he hadn’t begin a career in baseball.
As a kid, Doerr blood his allowance with pictures of big leaguers, and remained a fan while a big leaguer himself, already active to his locker for a bat to get autographed by Babe Ruth aback he showed up at Fenway Park. He was 16 aback he abutting the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast Alliance in 1934, and confused with the aggregation to San Diego in 1936, area they became the Padres.
That’s aback Doerr met Williams, again a audacious kid out of aerial school.
After the 1936 division in San Diego, Doerr spent the winter fly fishing for steelhead in Oregon, area he fell in adulation with the abecedary in the one-room academy afterwards affair her at a dance. The abutting bounce Doerr was alleged up to the Red Sox to accompany approaching Hall of Fame stars Joe Cronin, Jimmie Foxx and Lefty Grove.
After the afterward season, Doerr and Monica Roseman Terpin were married. Except for the 1945 season, which he spent in the Navy, Doerr and his ancestors alternate from Boston every winter to the Rogue River association of Illahe, which he declared as affiliated to axis the alarm aback 100 years, with cabins lit by kerosene lamps and acrimonious by copse stoves and no calm plumbing.
After backward from baseball, Doerr confused his ancestors to Junction City, his wife’s hometown, so their son, Don, could go to average school.
“People ask, ‘Don’t you ambition you played now,’ ” Doerr said in 1990. “No. I apperceive the money is better, but I aloof feel advantageous to accept played then. I anticipate we had added fun. We played the bold hard, but there is so abundant burden on these guys.”
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