Legendary Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr passed away Monday at the age of 99.
Doerr, born April 7, 1918, was the oldest oldest living major league player before his passing and the only member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame to live to be 99 years old.
Each of Doerr's 14 seasons as a player were spent in Boston before retiring at 33 years old due to a back injury. His number (1) was retired by the Red Sox in 1988 and he was inducted into the inaugural Red Sox Hall of Fame class in 1995.
“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.”
Doerr batted .288 with 2,042 hits, 381 doubles, 89 triples, and 223 home runs for his career. To this day, he still ranks in the top 10 among Red Sox players all-time in games, runs, hits, singles, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, walks, extra-base hits, total bases, and times on base.