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Former Red Sox great Bobby Doerr passes away at age 99

Ryan Hannable
November 14, 2017 - 8:05 am

One of the best players in Red Sox history, Bobby Doerr, passed away Monday at the age of 99.

Doerr was the oldest living major league player prior to his passing. He is the only member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame to live to be 99 years old.

The second baseman played each of his 14 seasons with the Red Sox (1937-44, 1946-51) before retiring at age 33 due to a back injury. He also served as a scout for the Red Sox from 1957-66, as well as a first base coach and hitting instructor from 1967-69

A nine-time All-Star, Doerr batted .288 with 2,042 hits and 223 home runs, which at the time of his retirement was the third-highest home run total amassed by a second baseman. He still ranks in the top 10 among Red Sox players all-time in most offensive categories, including games, runs, hits, singles, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, walks, extra-base hits, total bases, and times on base.

“Bobby Doerr was part of an era of baseball giants and still stood out as one himself,” said Red Sox principal owner John Henry. “And even with his Hall of Fame achievements at second base, his character and personality outshined it all. He will be missed.”

“There is something fitting about Bobby Doerr becoming the patriarch of baseball, outliving all of those he played with and against,” added Red Sox president/CEO Sam Kennedy. “Bobby was a special player, to be sure, a Hall of Famer, but he also commanded universal respect from all those fortunate enough to have crossed his path. We celebrated his return every time he came back to us here at Fenway Park, and we now mourn his passing, grateful for the wonderful memories he left.”

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