Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox - Great Fenway Park Writers Series

Events

Back to past speaker page...




Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The Great Fenway Park Writers Series Proudly Presents:
Two Legendary Red Sox Bobby Doerr & Dominic DiMaggio
Featuring Two New Films about These Great Players with Commentary by Dick Flavin & Dr. Charles Steinberg

12-Noon Luncheon
Absolut Clubhouse at Fenway Park (enter of Brookline Avenue)
Red Sox Nation & BoSox Members, $40
Non-Members, $50

To register for this event please click here.

Bobby Doerr

He batted over .300 three times, with six 100-RBI seasons. Never playing a game at a position other than second base, he retired after the 1951 season having played in 1,865 games and having 7,093 at bats, 8,028 plate appearances, 1,094 runs, 2,042 hits, 3,270 total bases, 381 doubles, 89 triples, 223 home runs, 1,247 rbi, 809 walks, 1,349 singles, 1,184 runs created, 693 extra-base hits, 2,862 times on base, 115 sacrifice hits and nine All-Star Game selections.

He was also regarded as the top defensive second basemen of his era. He once held the American League record by handling 414 chances in a row without an error and was often among the league leaders basemen in fielding.

Ted Williams referred to Doerr as "the silent captain of the Red Sox."[1]

Doerr broke into the majors in 1937 at the age of 19 and went 3 for 5 in his first game. In 1938 he became a regular in a powerful Red Sox lineup that included Jimmie Foxx and Joe Cronin. Early in his career Doerr was often called upon to bunt and was so proficient at it that he led the league in bunts with 22 in 1938. In 1939, Ted Williams` rookie season with the Sox, Doerr began a string of 12 consecutive seasons with 10 or more home runs and 73 or more RBI.

In 1944 he led the league in slugging percentage. The same year his .325 batting average was good enough to allow him to finish second in the league in that category, 2 percentage points behind Cleveland`s Lou Boudreau.

Doerr was an offensive force for the Red Sox in the 1946 World Series when he hit .409 with a home run and 3 runs batted in.

On May 13, 1947, Doerr hit for the cycle in Boston`s 19-6 win over the Chicago White Sox. In 1950 he led the league in triples with 11.

Doerr was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986. He has lived in Oregon ever since the late `30`s, and still lives there today.

His jersey number 1 was retired by the Red Sox on May 21, 1988.

Since then, Mr. Doerr has lived a relatively quiet lifestyle at his Oregon home. He makes annual trips to the Hall of Fame induction at Cooperstown in New York, and when home, regularly fishes large game fish. Mr. Doerr lost his wife Monica of 65 years in 2003 after she suffered a number of strokes, however he has carried on his quiet life since then.

Dom DiMaggio

Dominic Paul DiMaggio (born February 12, 1917 in San Francisco, California) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Boston Red Sox from 1940 to 1953. An effective leadoff hitter, he batted .300 four times and led the American League in runs twice and in triples and stolen bases once each. He also led the AL in assists three times and in putouts and double plays twice each; he tied a league record by recording 400 putouts four times, and his 1948 totals of 503 putouts and 526 total chances stood as AL records for nearly thirty years. His 1338 games in center field ranked eighth in AL history when he retired. His 34-game hitting streak in 1949 remains a Boston club record.

He was the youngest of three brothers who each became major league center fielders: Joe was a star with the rival New York Yankees, and Vince played for five National League teams. The youngest of nine children born to Sicilian immigrants, Dom`s small stature (5`9") and eyeglasses earned him the nickname "The Little Professor".

After breaking into the minor leagues in 1937 with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League, Dom DiMaggio`s contract was purchased by the Red Sox following a 1939 season in which he batted .361; he hit .301 in his 1940 rookie season, becoming part of a .300-hitting outfield with Ted Williams and Doc Cramer. In both 1941 and 1942 he scored over 100 runs to finish third in the AL, and was among the league`s top ten players in doubles and steals; he was named an All-Star both years. After missing three years serving in the Coast Guard in World War II, he returned in 1946 with his best season yet, batting .316 to place fifth in the league, and coming in ninth in the MVP voting as Boston won its first pennant in 28 years. Batting third, he hit only .259 in the 1946 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, but was almost a Series hero for Boston. With two out in the eighth inning of Game 7, he doubled to drive in two runs, tying the score 3-3; but he pulled his hamstring coming into second base, and had to be removed for a pinch runner. The result was costly, as Harry Walker doubled to center field in the bottom of the inning, with Enos Slaughter scoring from first base in his famed "Mad Dash" to win the game and Series for St. Louis; had DiMaggio remained in the game, Walker`s hit might have been catchable, or the outfielder`s strong arm might have held Slaughter to third base.

After an offensively disappointing year in 1947, DiMaggio rebounded in 1948 to score 127 runs (second in the AL) with career highs in doubles (40), runs batted in (87) and walks (101). His 503 putouts broke Baby Doll Jacobson`s AL record of 484, set with the 1924 St. Louis Browns; his 526 total chances surpassed the league mark of 498 shared by Sam Rice of the 1920 Washington Senators and Jacobson. At the time, the marks ranked behind only Taylor Douthit`s totals of 547 and 566 with the 1928 Cardinals in major league history; both records stood until 1977, when Chet Lemon of the Chicago White Sox recorded 512 putouts and 536 total chances. In 1949 DiMaggio batted .307 with 126 runs, and had his team-record 34-game hitting streak; ironically, the streak was ended on August 9 by an outstanding catch made by his brother Joe. That year he made 400 putouts for the fourth time, tying the AL record held by Sam West of the Senators and Browns; the mark was later tied by two other players before being broken by Lemon in 1985. In 1950 DiMaggio led the AL in runs (131), triples (11) and stolen bases (15) while hitting a career-high .328; on June 30 he and Joe hit home runs while playing against one another, becoming the fourth pair of brothers to homer in the same game. He again led the league in runs (113) in 1951, when he had a 27-game hitting streak from May 12 to June 7. He retired in May 1953, after appearing in only three games that year as a pinch hitter, with a .298 batting average, 1680 hits, 308 doubles, 87 home runs, 1046 runs and 618 RBI in 1399 games. He was selected an All-Star seven times (1941-42, 1946, 1949-52). His career average of 2.98 chances per game remains the record for AL outfielders.

DiMaggio enjoyed a close friendship with teammates Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, and Johnny Pesky, which was chronicled in David Halberstam`s book The Teammates. After retiring, he became a plastics manufacturer in New England. He was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1995. He and his wife Emily, to whom he has been married since 1948, have 3 children and several grand-children.

It was once said of the brothers` talents: "Joe is the best hitter, Dom is the best fielder, and Vince is the best singer." There was also a ditty sometimes sung in Boston after 1946 that included the words: "Better than his brother Joe, Dominic DiMaggio...."

In an article in 1976 in Esquire magazine, sportswriter Harry Stein published an "All Time All-Star Argument Starter," consisting of five ethnic baseball teams. Dom DiMaggio was the left fielder on Stein`s Italian team.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia







Copyright 2006 The Great Fenway Park Writers Series & DMX-direct, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Count on DMX-direct for Strategic and Creative Services, Direct Mail,
email, Printing, Inquiry Fulfillment and Inventory Management, eCommerce,
Web Design and Hosting and Campaign Management

Photos courtesy of Julie Cordero, staff photographer, Boston Red Sox.