In Bobby Doerr’s first game as a Red Sox in 1937, he went an impressive 3 for 5. By 1938, he was the starting alongside Jimmie Fox, Joe Cronin and Dom DiMaggio. Doerr was so proficient as a bunter that in his first year as a regular, he had twenty-two sacrifice hits. He led the league in slugging percentage in 1944 and finished 2nd in batting average (.325) only two points behind Lou Boudreau. Bobby Doerr hit .409 during the 1946 World Series and hit one homer along with three RBI’s. During his illustrious career, Doerr, sets records for handling 414 chances in a row without an error. His record for career double plays was finally eclipsed by Nellie Fox in 1963, and his career fielding percentage of 980 held up until it was passed by Red Schoendienst. He batted over .300 three times and completed six seasons with a least 100 runs batted in. Doerr retired in 1951 due to a nagging back injury. His Red Sox records for 1865 games, 7093 at bats, 2042 hits, 381 doubles, 3270 total bases and 1247 runs batted in stood until they were surpassed by Ted Williams.
Doerr never played a game in the majors other than as a second baseman.
July 23, 2011