Even though former Boston Red Sox second baseman the late Bobby Doerr played baseball in the Major Leagues during the 1940s alongside fellow Hall Of Fame inductee the late Ted Williams and Boston Red Sox Hall Of Fame inductee the late Dom DiMaggio who was the brother of the late Joe DiMaggio was before my time, I was saddened to learn that Doerr has passed away in his home in Oregon at the age of 99 years of age.
Doerr before his passing was the oldest Major League Baseball Hall Of Fame inductee. The oldest living Hall Of Fame inductee is now Alfred “Red” Schoendist who is 94 years of age.
The irony is that Schoendist and Doerr played in the 1946 World Series with Doerr being with the Boston Red Sox and Schoendist second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals won the 1946 World Series in seven games in one of the greatest World Series ever played in terms of drams and excitement.
Doerr was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1986 by the Veterans Committee. Doerr was nicknamed “The Silent Captain” by his former teammate Ted Williams since back in that era there were no team captains on the Boston Red Sox.
Doerr was like the slogan of Nike which is “Just Do It” as an infielder with the Boston Red Sox from 1937-1944, 1948-1951 since in that era of baseball there was no free agency. Doerr missed the 1945-1947 Major League Baseball season since he served in the United States Armed Forces during the period of World War II.
While Williams made enemies with the media and the opposing team due to his desire to be perfect in all facets of the game of baseball by speaking his mind to the media or his mates, Doerr was a quiet man who excelled in his position as the second baseman for the Red Sox in his entire Major League Baseball career.
Doerr had his #1 jersey retired by the Red Sox in 1988. The Red Sox Nation is very lucky to have a player on their team that acted like a gentleman and positive role model throughout his life. Rest in peace Bobby Doerr. Say hello to your former mates and opposing players in Baseball Heaven.