Cooperstown Chronicles – Bobby Doerr

Jun 20, 2008

Since this post is Boston related, I wanted to congratulate the Boston Celtics on winning their 17th NBA Championship. It’s been a long time coming, but well worth the wait. Paul Pierce was amazing.

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I decided to profile Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1986.


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The Numbers
Played 1937 – 1951 (14 Years)
1865 Games
7093 At Bats
.288 Batting Average
1094 Runs
2042 Hits
381 Doubles
89 Triples
223 HRs
1247 RBI
809 Walks
54 SBs

Three .300 Seasons
One 100 Run Seasons
Six 30 Double Seasons
Four 10 Triple Seasons
Six 100 RBI Seasons

1946 World Series:  9 of 22 (.409), 1 Run, 1 Doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 Walks

Awards

9 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 8 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average - Twice
On-base % – Once
Slugging % – 7 Times
OPS – 5 Times
Games - 3 Times (Led league in 1943)
At Bats – 4 Times
Runs - 3 Times
Hits - 3 Times
Doubles - 4 Times
Triples – 6 Times (Led league in 1950)
Home Runs – 7 Times
RBI – 8 Times
Total Bases – 7 Times
Extra-base Hits – 9 Times
Hit by Pitch – Once

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Batting – 5 (369) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 128 (137) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 39.9 (147) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 95.5 (160) (Likely HOFer > 100)

Bobby Doerr was a great slugging Second Baseman for the Boston Red Sox so he’s got a little space in my heart already.  However, to maintain my credibility I need to look at him without bias.  He gave up a season in his prime (1945 when he was 27) to join the Army during World War II.  Back problems cut his career short at the age of 33.  During his run though, he was consistenlty one of the best power hitters in the game despite playing a position where little offense is expected.  His offensive prowess didn’t take away from his ability in the field.  He was consistently one of the top defensive Second Basemen as well.  In 1948 he strung together 414 consecutive chances without an error.  After his career he worked as a scout and a hitting coach into the early 80′s.  If he wasn’t a middle infielder I would say he probably just misses, but since he did play 2B, I agree he is worthy of the Hall of Fame.

 
References
Baseball-reference.com
BR Bullpen

 

  

 

 
Past Chronicles
Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn*
Harold Baines

Albert Belle
Pete Browning
Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Larry Corcoran
Mike Cuellar
George Davis*
Andre Dawson
Larry Doby*
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox
John Franco

Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Mark Grace
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Tommy John
Jim Kaat
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Jerry Koosman
Barry Larkin
Tony Lazzeri*
Mickey Lolich
Fred Lynn
Sherry Magee

Roger Maris
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Bill Mazeroski*
Fred McGriff

Mark McGwire
Bid McPhee
Paul Molitor*
Jack Morris
Tony Mullane
Dale Murphy
Graig Nettles
Hal Newhouser*
Lefty O’Doul
Tony Oliva
Al Oliver

Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Dave Parker
Wes Parker
Lance Parrish
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
Jimmy Ryan
Ron Santo
Red Schoendienst*
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Dave Stieb
Harry Stovey

 

 

   

 
 
 

Alan Trammell
George Van Haltren
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Frank Viola
Lou Whitaker
Bernie Williams
Vic Willis*
Maury Wills 
 
* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    June 20th, 2008 at 6:36 pm #

    I agree with your points. The Veterans Committee got it right..

  2. LestersLegends
    June 20th, 2008 at 9:54 pm #

    Larry – Yep.

  3. Mo Morrissey
    June 22nd, 2008 at 7:06 am #

    I’m with you Ryan on two counts: A Red Sox AND that he’s worthy.

  4. LestersLegends
    June 22nd, 2008 at 8:33 am #

    Mo – yes sir.

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    December 8th, 2008 at 9:12 am #

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