Bobby Doerr, who was born on April 7, 1918, is a former professional baseball player who played for the Boston Red Sox. He played for the team from 1937 to 1944 and from 1946 to 1951.
Here are 10 interesting facts about Bobby Doerr:
Bobby Doerr Facts #1:
An interesting fact about the Hall of Fame second baseman is that he spent his entire baseball career playing for one team. On a side note, he missed a year, 1945, to serve in the army during World War II.
Bobby Doerr Facts #2:
The nine-time All Star led professional baseball in slugging percentage in 1944. This is a remarkable fact. It shows that he was a hitter who was able to hit for both contact and power.
Bobby Doerr Facts #3:
Doerr’s number that he wore while as a member of the Red Sox was retired by the team. He wore the number one. People who visit Fenway Park can take a look at his retired number in right field. His number was officially retired by the team on May 21, 1988.
Bobby Doerr Facts #4:
His middle name is Pershing. His parents gave him this middle name after the famous World War I general officer, John J. Pershing.
Bobby Doerr Facts #5:
Although he was able to hit for power, he usually hit for contact. One fact that illustrates his contact hitting ability is that he had a batting average over .300 in three seasons. His best batting average in one season was .325, the year before he joined the army. He could have easily achieved a batting average of .300 if he did not take a year off from professional baseball.
Bobby Doerr Facts #6:
Doerr became a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986. He was part of the year’s veterans committee. The only player that was inducted into the Hall of Fame through the BBWAA Vote was Willie McCovey.
Bobby Doerr Facts #7:
He was credited as the best second baseman on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team, in 1944 and in 1946.
Bobby Doerr Facts #8:
For being the best baseball player in the American League in 1944, he earned the title AL Player of the Year by The Sporting News.
Bobby Doerr Facts #9:
Another interesting fact about the talented baseball player is that he was part of the Fenway Park 100th anniversary celebration, on April 20, 2012. He was the oldest person at the park. He was 94-years-old at the time.
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The last interesting fact about the former Red Sox second baseman is that there was a special day named after him by his former team. “Bobby Doerr Day” was on August 2, 2007.
“Bobby Doerr Statistics and History,” Baseball-Reference.com.
“Doerr, Bobby,” Baseball Hall of Fame.
John Hunt, “Baseball: Junction City celebrates Bobby Doerr’s 95th birthday,” The Oregonian.