Former Red Sox 2B Bobby Doerr passes away at 99

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The Red Sox announced this morning that Bobby Doerr passed away last night at the age of 99.

He's also the only member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame to live to be 99 years old.

"Bobby's life is one we salute not only for its longevity, but for its grace", said Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.

At the plate, Doerr held a.288 career batting average with 2,042 hits, 381 doubles, 89 triples, and 223 home runs, which at the time of his retirement after the 1951 season was the third-highest total ever for a second baseman.

Born in Los Angeles on April 7, 1918, Doerr was the oldest living Major League Baseball League player prior to his death.

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Doerr began his Red Sox career in 1937 at only 19 years old. He's considered by many as the best second baseman in Red Sox history. He was named the American League MVP by The Sporting News that season. In his lone World Series appearance he hit.409/.458/.591 as the Red Sox lost to the Cardinals in 1946.

Unfortunately, Doerr was forced to retire at the age of 33 due to a lingering back injury. One of the most respected players of his time, Doerr was said to have "retired with no enemies".

Doerr returned to the organization as a scout from 1957 to 1966 and also served as Boston's first base coach and hitting instructor from 1967 to 1969. Following his career in Boston, Doerr was the hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays in the franchise's first five years of existence (1977-81). He was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1986. "When I got the call, it was my ultimate thrill in baseball".

Doerr is survived by his son, Don, and Don's wife, Wendy Dame; his grandson, Brad, and Brad's wife, Jennifer; his granddaughter, Mischel Lowenberg, and her husband, Jason; and his great-grandchildren, Jackson, William, Allison, and Reese.

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