Bobby Doerr, who played 14 seasons with the Red Sox and is the oldest living member of the Hall of Fame, turned 98 on Thursday.Doerr played second base for the Red Sox from 1937-51, making him the last living player to have appeared in a Major League game in the
Bobby Doerr, who played 14 seasons with the Red Sox and is the oldest living member of the Hall of Fame, turned 98 on Thursday.
Doerr played second base for the Red Sox from 1937-51, making him the last living player to have appeared in a Major League game in the 1930s. The nine-time All-Star also made his debut for the Red Sox two seasons before Boston icon Ted Williams.
An All-Star in nine of his final 10 seasons, Doerr's best year was 1946, when he hit .271 with 18 home runs and 116 RBIs and finished third in the American League MVP Award voting after missing the previous season while serving during World War II.
The Red Sox went 104-50 in 1946 and lost to the Cardinals in a seven-game World Series. However, Doerr's talent shone through in that Fall Classic, as he hit .409 against St. Louis.
Despite having his playing career cut short by back woes, Doerr belted 223 homers over his career while notching 1,247 RBIs. He produced a solid line of .288/.362/.461 and was elected into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1986.
Aside from his offensive heroics, Doerr was known for his rock-solid defense at second base. He also did the little things, evidenced by his league-leading 22 sacrifice hits in 1938.
Doerr's retired uniform No. 1 is displayed on the right-field facade at Fenway Park.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com.