Position: Second Baseman
Bobby Doerr was a great-hitting second baseman who drove in over 100 runs six times as the Red Sox finished first or second in seven of his 14 seasons. His name is eternally linked with that of Ted Williams. They played together in
In his 14 seasons with the Red Sox,
Bobby Doerr averaged 16 home runs
and 89 RBI per year.
Signed by the Boston Red Sox as a 19-year-old rookie in 1937, Doerr’s first season wasn’t memorable. One year later Bobby was the Red Sox starting second baseman, a job he would hold for the next 12 years.
The right-handed-hitting Doerr was able to take advantage of
Although he played with Ted Williams, one of the most scientific hitters who ever lived as well as one of Bobby’s best friends, Doerr was primarily a guess hitter with terrific intuition. A solid .288 lifetime hitter, Doerr collected 2,042 hits, 223 home runs, and 1,247 RBI. In 1950, Doerr led the league in triples, hit 27 dingers, and drove home 120 runs. It was his last productive year, and he was out of baseball by 1952 due to a severe sacroiliac attack in 1951.
A solid fielder, Bobby remains in the all-time top lists for putouts and assists for second basemen, even though many second sackers have played much longer. In the 1948 near-pennant year, Doerr accepted 414 chances without an error -- almost three months. After his retirement, Doerr served as a coach for the Red Sox and later was a coach for the Toronto Blue Jays until 1981. The Veterans Committee elected Bobby Doerr to the Hall of Fame in 1986.
Here are Bobby Doerr's major league totals:
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