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Bobby Doerr, Hall of Fame Red Sox second baseman, dies at 99

Bobby Doerr, the Hall of Fame second baseman who was a smooth fielder, timely hitter and immensely popular figure through 14 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, died Monday in Junction City, Oregon. He was 99 and had been the oldest living former major-leaguer.

Bobby Doerr, the Hall of Fame second baseman who was a smooth fielder, timely hitter and immensely popular figure through 14 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, died Monday in Junction City, Oregon. He was 99 and had been the oldest living former major-leaguer.

The Red Sox announced his death. “Bobby’s life is one we salute not only for its longevity, but for its grace,” the organization’s chairman, Tom Werner, said in a statement. “He set the standard for what it means to be a good teammate.”

Doerr was a celebrated presence at Fenway Park, along with Ted Williams and Dom DiMaggio in the outfield and Johnny Pesky at shortstop. He was the last surviving major league player from the 1930s, having begun his career with the Red Sox in 1937.

His death leaves Red Schoendienst, 94, best known for his years with the St. Louis Cardinals, as the oldest living Hall of Famer.

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Doerr lacked the tempestuousness of a Williams and the celebrity name of a DiMaggio. He went about his business quietly and became a team leader through his steady excellence.

“We never had a captain, but he was the silent captain of the team,” Williams said when Doerr was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1986.

Playing at Fenway Park into the early 1950s, except for one year in the Army during World War II, Doerr was a nine-time American League All-Star. He set a record for consecutive fielding chances without an error, batted over .300 in three different seasons and drove in more than 100 runs six times.

His teams won just one American League pennant, in 1946. The Red Sox went on to lose to the Cardinals in a…

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