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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

WaPo: Bobby Doerr, Red Sox Hall of Famer and teammate of Ted Williams, dies at 99

Bobby Doerr, an all-star second baseman who was the oldest living member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and who, with his friend and teammate Ted Williams, helped make the Boston Red Sox of the 1940s perennial rivals of the New York Yankees, died Nov. 13 in Junction City, Ore. He was 99.

Bobby Doerr on B-R.

Junction City on Wikipedia.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 14, 2017 at 10:34 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: November 14, 2017 at 05:10 PM (#5576242)
My dad's favourite player...and I have a autographed ball from him on my mantle piece. My dad ran into his son about 10 years ago, had a nice chat, told him Bobby was his favourite player as a kid and the son sent my dad the ball about 2 weeks later. Really neat stuff.
   2. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: November 14, 2017 at 05:53 PM (#5576279)
Everything Ive ever seen or read about Doerr paints him as a good guy. He got the most out of life I’d say. He will be missed.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 14, 2017 at 08:03 PM (#5576339)
MLB Tonight just finished a fairly lengthy segment on Doerr. The show repeats at 11:30 PM tonight on the MLB Network, with the Doerr retrospective in the last 15 minutes or so. Probably mostly clips that many have already seen, but nicely done, and richly deserved. Very few of the WWII generation remain.
   4. TR_Sullivan Posted: November 14, 2017 at 11:04 PM (#5576407)
My dad's favorite player too...
   5. Rally Posted: November 15, 2017 at 09:45 AM (#5576483)
Oldest living HOF now:

Red Schoendienst 94
Whitey Ford 89
Willie Mays 86

I am probably missing someone without an MLB playing record.
   6. DavidFoss Posted: November 15, 2017 at 09:54 AM (#5576488)
I am probably missing someone without an MLB playing record.

I believe the images on the HOF page are actually sorted by age:

https://baseballhall.org/media-info/living-hall-of-famers

Schoendienst, Lasorda, Ford, Harvey, Mays, Herzog, Aaron, etc.

The oldest living player is now Chuck Stevens. The oldest living all-star is now Wally Westlake.

Doerr didn't win a WS but people often ask the oldest living WS winner. That is Eddie Robinson (though Red Schoendienst is the earliest winner). Schoendienst, Robinson, Bobby Brown and Charlie Silvera are the last surviving World Champions from the 40s.
   7. stanmvp48 Posted: November 15, 2017 at 04:05 PM (#5576780)
Chase Utley is a good comp to this guy I think
   8. The Duke Posted: November 15, 2017 at 07:08 PM (#5576893)
The redhead is probably starting to get in shape to go down to Jupiter in the spring to hit some fungoes.
   9. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 15, 2017 at 07:23 PM (#5576898)
#8 sounds like a coded spy message to a foreign enemy of America. The crow has fleas at midnight, and the silo is with child.
   10. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: November 15, 2017 at 08:52 PM (#5576926)
The crow has fleas at midnight, and the silo is with child.


The redbird sits on the white fence. The answer is fish.
   11. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: November 16, 2017 at 02:45 PM (#5577503)
Bobby Doerr started his career with the PCL Hollywood Stars in 1934, when he was only sixteen. (He'd be in the majors just three years later.)

One of his teammates was 50-year-old Jack Quinn (yes, really; Quinn pitched six games that year). Quinn began his career with the 1907 Macon (GA) Brigands of the Sally League.

Quinn's manager/teammate in Macon was Perry Lipe, who broke in with the Rome (NY) Romans in 1898; one Lipe's teammates in Rome was 45-year-old Charles Faatz.

Faatz didn't started playing pro ball until he was 30, in 1883 with Bay City (MI) of the Northwestern League. Bay City had numerous former/future major leaguers, including Jack Remsen.

Remsen's career began with the 1872 Brooklyn Atlantics of the National Association. John Galvin played one game from the Atlantics in 1872; he first played with the Excercise club of Brooklyn in 1861, when he was...only sixteen.
   12. GGC Posted: November 16, 2017 at 07:54 PM (#5577724)
Junction City on Wikipedia.


Was he a homeboy, Voxter?
   13. AndrewJ Posted: November 16, 2017 at 08:18 PM (#5577733)
Doerr's playing career ended during the reign of George VI. During Doerr's retirement, Kirby Puckett, Gary Carter and Tony Gwynn were born, also elected to the Hall of Fame, and died.

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