Red Sox owner John Henry released a statement which included the following:
“Bobby Doerr was part of an era of baseball giants and still stood out as one himself. And even with his Hall of Fame achievements at second base, his character and personality outshined it all. He will be missed.”
At the time of his death, Doerr was the oldest living Hall of Famer, and first ever to reach age 99.
Doerr played his Major League career entirely as a second baseman for the Red Sox from 1937-51; he missed the 1945 season due to military service in World War II.
In his 14-year career, Doerr was a .288/.362/.488 hitter with 2,042 hits, 223 homers, 1,247 RBIs, and nine All-Star appearances.
The Red Sox retired Doerr’s No. #1 in 1988, two years after he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1995, the Red Sox inducted Doerr into their annual franchise class.
Known as the “silent captain” on Red Sox teams of the ’40s and early ’50s, Doerr’s legacy includes being known for “his exemplary work habits, quiet confidence, and the ability to lead by example”, as MLB.com’s Ian Browne reports.
Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said the following in a statement:
“Bobby’s life is one we salute not only for its longevity, but for its grace. He set the standard for what it means to be a good teammate through abiding friendships with Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio, all while realizing legendary status on the diamond. He touched us all with his class and dignity, and will remain an example and an inspiration for generations of players to come.”
Doerr was just under five months shy of his 100th birthday.