Born on 7th April, 1918, Robert Pershing Doerr, most commonly known as Bobby, became one of the best known major league baseball players of his generation. In a career that spanned 14 years, he never changed teams and remained loyal to the Boston Red Sox as their second baseman from 1937 to 1951.
Johnny Doerr was scouted by Eddie Collins in 1936 together with Ted Williams, his teammate, from the Pacific Coast League. As a consistent and steady player, he showed impressive leaderships skills both off and on the field. At one time, he even held the AL record for his 414 error-free consecutive chances at 2nd base. By the time he retired, Doerr had run up 2042 hits, 223 home runs, 381 doubles and 89 triples. His home runs total was the third highest to ever have been amassed by a 2nd baseman.
Doerr was a 9 time all star and batted over .300 3 times, having drove in over 100 runs 6 times and having set team records in a number of categories, even though he missed a season because of his military service during the Second World War. In 1945, Doerr missed the season to serve with the military, however in 1946 he returned, leading the team to the pennant with 116 runs batted in and 18 home runs.
After retiring as a player in his early 30s, Doerr became a scout as well as a coach, working with, among others, Carl Yastrzemski. His retirement was due to his back problems, however they did not hold him back from scouting for his team between 1957 and 1966, and also coaching for them between 1967 and 1969. He also worked for the Toronto Blue Jays between 1977 and 1981 as their hitting coach.
In 1969, Doerr was awarded the honor of being voted as the Red Sox’s best second baseman of all time, and in 1986, he was finally elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Doerr is now the oldest former major league player to still be alive, and is the only remaining person to have ever played in the 1930s major leagues.