Thursday, April 7, 2016

Red Sox Great Bobby Doerr Turns 98 Years Old Today

(Oregonian Photo)
Except for his one year (1945) of WWII military service, Hall-Of-Famer Bobby Doerr played his entire career (14 years) with the Boston Red Sox. And, what a career. The classy second-baseman complied a .288 batting average, with a .362 OBP. In 1944, he led the AL in slugging (.528). Doerr finished in the Top Ten of MVP voting twice, and was a nine-time All-Star. And, he was regarded by most as the top defensive second-baseman of his era. For many years, Doerr was a Red Sox coach—and has been credited with turning Carl Yastrzemski from a doubles hitter into a Hall-Of-Famer himself. Doerr's jersey number "1" was retired by the Red Sox on May 21, 1988. Today, Doerr turns 98 years old—giving him the distinction as the oldest living Hall-Of-Fame member. Happy birthday, Bobby!