FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2007, file photo, Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr waves to the crowd at Fenway Park in Boston, prior to a baseball game between the Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. Doerr, a Hall of Fame second baseman who was dubbed the "silent captain" by longtime Red Sox teammate and life-long friend Ted Williams, has died. He was 99. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
Born in Los Angeles on April 7, 1918, Doerr was the oldest living Major League Baseball League player prior to his death.
He's also the only member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame to live to be 99 years old.
“Bobby Doerr was part of an era of baseball giants and still stood out as one himself,” Red Sox principal owner John Henry said Tuesday. “And even with his Hall of Fame achievements at second base, his character and personality outshined it all. He will be missed.”
“There is something fitting about Bobby Doerr becoming the patriarch of baseball, outliving all of those he played with and against,” Kennedy said in a statement. “Bobby was a special player, to be sure, a Hall of Famer, but he also commanded universal respect from all those fortunate enough to have crossed his path. We celebrated his return every time he came back to us here at Fenway Park, and we now mourn his passing, grateful for the wonderful memories he left.” >> Visit Boston25News.com for complete coverage