The Red Sox announced this morning that Bobby Doerr passed away last night at the age of 99.
Doerr, a Pacific Coast League product who was signed at the same time as his longtime friend Ted Williams, debuted with Boston in 1937 and played 14 seasons for the Sox, retiring after the 1951 season. He was a nine-time All-Star who, for his career, he hit .288/.362/.461 with 223 homers and 1,247 RBI. He drove in 100 runs six times, which was unusual for a second baseman, though perhaps not that unusual for a guy who had Ted Williams hitting in front of him.
In his best season, 1944, he hit .325/.399/.528. That slugging percentage led the American League. In his lone World Series appearance he hit .409/.458/.591 as the Red Sox lost to the Cardinals in 1946. He was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1986.
At 99, Doerr was the oldest living Hall of Famer. He was also the last of the famous group of Red Sox players, including Williams, Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky, who, in the 1940s and 1950s, forged the identity of the storied franchise for millions of northeast fans.