Signed by Eddie Collins on the same scouting trip that netted Ted Williams, Doerr became the team's established second baseman in 1938, at the age of 20. He batted .289 and never hit below .270 in his next 13 seasons with the Red Sox.
Williams called him "the silent captain of the Red Sox." A consistent fielder and a fine clutch hitter, he hit .288 lifetime and drove in 100 runs six times with a high of 120 in 1950, when he hit .294 and equaled his career high of 27 roundtrippers. Doerr once held the American League record by handling 414 chances without an error. He frequently led American League second basemen in double plays, putouts and assists.
Doerr played in eight All Star games. During his career his chief rivals in all-round second base play were the fading Charlie Gehringer of the Tigers and Joe Gordon of the Yankees.
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