Ted Williams called him the “Silent Captain” of the Red Sox and he’s a Hall of Famer, too, with 14 seasons in the major leagues, all for Boston.
He’s Bobby Doerr and he died Monday at age 99.
Doerr was a nine-time All-Star who hit .288 with 2,042 hits, 223 home runs and 1,247 RBI in 1,865 games for Boston from 1937 to 1951 save for the 1945 season where, like Williams, he was in the military.
“Bobby Doerr was part of an era of baseball giants and still stood out as one himself,” Red Sox owner John Henry said in a statement. “And even with his Hall of Fame achievements at second base, his character and personality outshined it all. He will be missed.”
Doerr can be found on more than 1,300 different baseball cards made during and mostly after his career and of those he has more than 500 different certified autographs. His earliest cards can be found in the 1936 Goudey Wide Pen, 1938 Goudey Heads-Up and 1939 Play Ball sets.
Doerr signed through the mail for years so his autographs should be relatively available — and with many of the mailings he would regularly include a signed “free ticket” that offered some religious thoughts on the back. His earliest certified auto was in the 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game set and then the floodgates opened in 2001 with Donruss/Playoff releases and ink from other companies. His most-recent autos are found in 2017 Panini Immaculate Collection (36 total cards) but he can be found in many recent Panini America releases under its Cooperstown brand (and beyond) since 2012.
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