Bobby Doerr, Red Sox Hall of Fame second baseman, dead at 99

Bobby Doerr, the oldest living major leaguer who enjoyed a 14-year Hall of Fame career with the Red Sox, died on Monday, the team announced. He was 99.

Doerr, the second baseman known as the "silent captain" on the Red Sox teams of the 1940s and early '50s, is the only member of the Hall of Fame to live to be 99 years old. Though his playing career was cut short in 1951 at the age of 33 due to a back injury, Doerr worked for decades around the diamond.

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Bobby Doerr's life in photos
(Original Caption) Left to right are Boston Red Soxers Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Vernon Stephens.
Sep 02, 2005; Boston, MA, USA; BOBBY DOERR from the Boston Red Sox. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)
Photo shows Bobby Doerr and Rudy York, of the Boston Red Sox, seated on a bench and talking.
circa 1945: Portrait of American baseball player Bobby Doerr, secondbaseman for the Boston Red Sox, wearing his uniform. (Photo by Photo File/Getty Images)
circa 1945: Bobby Doerr #1 of the Boston Red Sox poses for an action portrait. Doerr played for the Red Sox from 1937-51. (Photo by Photo File/Getty Images)
July 1946: Red Sox player Bobby Doerr (L) hitting a ball during a game. (Photo by Hank Walker/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Left to right; Bob Ferris; Rudy York; Bobby Doerr; Hal Wagner; John Pesky; Ted Williams; Micky Harris; and Dom DiMaggio.
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 19: Boston Red Sox players attend a game played by their potential World Series opponents, the St. Louis Cardinals, against the Boston Braves at Braves Field in Boston on Sep. 19, 1946. From left in front row are Donnie Doerr, his father Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio. From left in back row are Mickey Harris and Tex Hughson. (Photo by Gil Friedberg/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 9: Boston Red Sox player Bobby Doerr is out on a throw from Cleveland Indians' Lou Boudreau to Eddie Robinson during a game at Fenway Park in Boston on May 9, 1948. (Photo by Gil Friedberg/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BRONX, NY - 1951: Second baseman Bobby Doerr #1 of the Boston Red Sox poses for a portrait before a 1951 game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. Doerr played his entire career from 1937-51 with the Sox. (Photo by Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Red Sox coach Bobby Doerr, right, gives advice to outfielder Carl Yastrzemski, October 3rd, day before the World Series opener. Doerr, a former Red Sox 2nd baseman, played against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946.
(Original Caption) Bobby Doerr of the Boston Red Sox is shown in this close-up.
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: Boston Red Sox player Bobby Doerr holds a rifle with his son Donnie in a Boy Scout uniform, left, and his wife Monica on their last day in Boston, Sep. 22, 1951 after Doerr announced his retirement from baseball. (Photo by Gil Friedberg/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH, 1981: Bob Doerr #31 of the Toronto Blue Jays poses for a portrait in March, 1981 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by B Bennett/Getty Images)
FILE : Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr, both Boston Red Sox Baseball Hall of Famers, during pre-game at Fenway Park in Boston, MASS. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 16: Before the unveiling of the Ted Williams Jimmy Fund Statue at Fenway Park, Williams's former teammates, Bobby Doerr, left, and Johnny Pesky chat with each other. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Boston Red Sox Hall of famers Dom Dimaggio, Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky walk out onto the field to throw the first pitch of game two of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox on October 24, 2004 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 31: Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr attends the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on July 31, 2005 at the Clark Sports Complex in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 24: Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr is introduced at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 24, 2011 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 9: General view of the bronze 'Teammates' statue which honors Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio at the intersection of Ipswich and Van Ness streets before the game between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on July 9, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox won 4-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 20: Jason Varitek and David Ortiz escort Johnny Pesky to the mound in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park. Tim Wakefield does the same for Bobby Doerr. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Boston Red Sox legends Johnny Pesky, right, and Bobby Doerr, second from right, greet current Red Sox players before the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees on Friday, April 20, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles native worked as a scout for the Red Sox from 1957-1966 before serving as the team’s first base coach and hitting instructor from 1967-1969. The nine-time All-Star left Boston for Toronto as the Blue Jays’ first hitting coach from 1977-1981.

Doerr was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986 before the Red Sox retired his No. 1 jersey two years later.

The Red Sox also inducted him into its inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1995.

Doerr, a career .288 hitter, smacked 223 home runs with 1,247 RBIs with the Red Sox. After leading the American League in slugging (.528) in 1944, he put his career on hold to enlist in the military, serving in his home state of California for the duration of World War II.

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