Red Sox great and Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr dies at 99

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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.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).