Lest we forget: Bobby Doerr (Updated)

November 14, 2017

Bobby Doerr, seen here in 2011, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986.The last member of The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship — David Halberstam’s excellent project on  baseball and life published in 2011 — passed away yesterday at the age of 99.

A Hall of Fame second baseman who batted .288 with  288 home runs, and 1,247 RBIs, Doerr played his entire career (1937-51) with the Boston Red Sox, making his debut as a 19-year old and retiring at the relatively young age of 33. He was the oldest living Major Leaguer at the time of his death. He was a nine-time All-Star but led the league in just three categories: 155 games in 1943; a .528 percentage in 1944; and 11 triples in 1950.

Teammates told the bittersweet story of Doerr, Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky who continued to remain close friends decades after they stopped playing on the Sox. Here’s my review of the book from Bookreporter.com. I’m guessing it will get a relatively bump in sales in the immediate future.

As of this posting, stories and tributes to Doerr appeared in:


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