Robert Pershing Doerr was born April 7, 1918 in Los Angeles, California. While he never attended college, he did go on to become the best second baseman that's ever played for the Boston Red Sox. Bobby was discovered when Eddie Collins took a scouting trip out to the west coast to try and find some talent for the Bosox. There, he found Doerr, who played in the Pacific Coast League for four years before his MLB debut. This trip also nabbed an outfielder named Ted Williams.

Doerr made his MLB debut on April 20, 1937 with the number 9 on his back. He went three for 5 in that game. The next season, he would change his number to the one the Fenway Faithful can see hanging in the Pahk, 1. Doerr would not be known for his power, as he hit 223 home runs in 14 seasons with the Red Sox. He would be known for his defense. Doerr had the ability to turn double plays, and that he did. Doerr, Shortstop Joe Cronin and firstbaseman Jimmie Foxx held down the infield fort with excellent defense.

Bobby Doerr was a career All-Star. He played in every midsummer's classic except for 1949, and his first four years in the majors. In 1944, Doerr lead the major leagues with a .528 slugging percentage, the only time he lead an offensive category in his major league career. Doerr missed the complete 1945 season due to serving his time in Military service. In his first season back from service, the Bosox would do the second greatest thing ever, they made the World Series (the first would be if they could win the darn thing!). Doerr had a homerun and three RBI in a crushing Game 7 defeat by the St. Louis Cardinals.

A month before Bobby's early retirement in 1951, he knocked his 2,000th hit. On August 7, 1951 Bobby announced that he was retiring from the game of baseball due to severe sacroiliac pain, what sounds to my like a bad lower back. After his retirement, Doerr did a little coaching for the Red Stockings. Doerr ranks third on list of all-time percentage of Home Runs hit at home with 65.0%, behind Bill Dickey and Bob Horner. He was last seen as a coach with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1980. Bobby Doerr was elected into Baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in 1986. His number, 1, was retired on May 21, 1988, placing him with such company as Joe Cronin (4) and Ted Williams (9), both of whom he played with. In the following years, he would be joined by Carl Yastrzemski (8) and Carlton Fisk (27).

Statistics:

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height 5'11"
Weight 175 lbs
 Year Tm   G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   AVG   OBP   SLG   

 1937 BOS  55  147   22   33   5  1   2   14   2  4  18  25  .224  .313  .313     
 1938 BOS 145  509   70  147  26  7   5   80   5 10  59  39  .289  .363  .397   
 1939 BOS 127  525   75  167  28  2  12   73   1 10  38  32  .318  .365  .448 
 1940 BOS 151  595   87  173  37 10  22  105  10  5  57  53  .291  .353  .497
 1941 BOS 132  500   74  141  28  4  16   93   1  3  43  43  .282  .339  .450
 1942 BOS 144  545   71  158  35  5  15  102   4  4  67  55  .290  .369  .455
 1943 BOS 155  604   78  163  32  3  16   75   8  8  62  59  .270  .339  .412
 1944 BOS 125  468   95  152  30 10  15   81   5  2  58  31  .325  .399  .528 
 1946 BOS 151  583   95  158  34  9  18  116   5  6  66  67  .271  .346  .453
 1947 BOS 146  561   79  145  23 10  17   95   3  3  59  47  .258  .329  .426
 1948 BOS 140  527   94  150  23  6  27  111   3  2  83  49  .285  .386  .505
 1949 BOS 139  541   91  167  30  9  18  109   2  2  75  33  .309  .393  .497
 1950 BOS 149  586  103  172  29 11  27  120   3  4  67  42  .294  .367  .519
 1951 BOS 106  402   60  116  21  2  13   73   2  1  57  33  .289  .378  .448

                G     AB    R     H   2B   3B  HR   RBI  SB  CS   BB  SO  AVG   OBP   SLG   
 14 Seasons   1865  7093  1094  2042  381  89  223 1247  54  64  809 608 .288  .362  .461

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sources:
www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/hofer_bios/doerr_bobby.htm
www.baseball-reference.com/d/doerrbo01.shtml
www.pubdim.net/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/D/Doerr_Bobby.stm
www.thebaseballpage.com/past/pp/doerrbobby/default.htm
www.spine-health.com/topics/cd/sjd/sjd01.html

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