Bobby Doerr

Second Baseman

Elected to Red Sox Hall of Fame: 1995
Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: 1986

Bobby Doerr

Bobby Doerr

Picked up on the same scouting trip that the Red Sox made to sign Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr would play 14 years in Boston, averaging .288 at the plate but never batting below .270 in any season except for his shortened rookie campaign. Three times, he hit better than .300, batting .325 in 1944 while also leading the league with a slugging percentage of .528 that same year. He also holds the distinction of being the only Red Sox player to hit for the cycle twice, once in 1944 and nearly three years later to the day in 1947.

He proved durable in the field as well, making an average of just under 140 starts at second each season, and his all-around play helped him earn five starts in nine All-Star appearances between 1941 and 1951. He missed one season due to World War II in 1945, then came back the following season, along with Williams and center field Dom DiMaggio, to help led his club to its first American League pennant in 28 years, batting .271 with 18 home runs and 116 RBI.

Doerr collected hit number 2,000 in July of 1951 and retired a month later due to severe sacroiliac pain that put a premature end to his career, although Doerr later returned to baseball as a coach for Boston in the late 1960s. In 1986, led by the efforts of his former teammates, including the legendary Williams, the Special Veterans Committee elected Doerr into the Baseball Hall of Fame; two years later, Doerr became one of just seven Red Sox players to have his number (1) retired by Boston.

Career Batting Statistics for Bobby Doerr with Boston

SEASON AB R H HR RBI BB SB AVG
1937 147 22 33 2 14 18 2 .224
1938 509 70 147 5 80 59 5 .289
1939 525 75 167 12 73 38 1 .318
1940 595 87 173 22 105 57 10 .291
1941 500 74 141 16 93 43 1 .282
1942 545 71 158 15 102 67 4 .290
1943 604 78 163 16 75 62 8 .270
1944 468 95 152 15 81 58 5 .325
1946 583 95 158 18 116 66 5 .271
1947 561 79 145 17 95 59 3 .258
1948 527 94 150 27 111 83 3 .285
1949 541 91 167 18 109 75 2 .309
1950 586 103 172 27 120 67 3 .294
1951 402 60 116 13 73 57 2 .289
14 yrs 7093 1094 2042 223 1247 809 54 .288

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Memorable Moments for Bobby Doerr

  • 17 May 1944 - Bobby Doerr hits for the cycle at Fenway Park in the second game of a double header, but Boston loses 12-8 to the Browns.
  • 13 May 1947 - Bobby Doerr hits for the cycle in a 19-6 win over the White Sox at Fenway Park and becomes the only player ever to hit for the cycle more than once in a Red Sox uniform.
  • 21 May 1988 - Boston retires former second baseman Bobby Doerr's number one before the Red Sox go out and defeat the Angels 8-4 at Fenway Park.

 

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