The Red Sox announced this morning that Bobby Doerr passed away last night at the age of 99.
Doerr, a Pacific Coast League product who was signed at the same time as his longtime friend Ted Williams, debuted with Boston in 1937 and played 14 seasons for the Sox, retiring after the 1951 season. He was a nine-time All-Star who, for his career, he hit .288/.362/.461 with 223 homers and 1,247 RBI. He drove in 100 runs six times, which was unusual for a second baseman, though perhaps not that unusual for a guy who had Ted Williams hitting in front of him.
In his best season, 1944, he hit .325/.399/.528. That slugging percentage led the American League. In his lone World Series appearance he hit .409/.458/.591 as the Red Sox lost to the Cardinals in 1946. He was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1986.
At 99, Doerr was the oldest living Hall of Famer. He was also the last of the famous group of Red Sox players, including Williams, Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky, who, in the 1940s and 1950s, forged the identity of the storied franchise for millions of northeast fans.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.