We say happy # 99 to Bobby Doerr, who was born in Los Angeles. Bobby broke with Boston in 1937 and became their second baseman for the next 15 years. He did miss one year for military service in World War II.
Overall, he hit .288 with 223 HR & 1,247 RBI plus 2.042 hits in 1,867 games.
Ted Williams called him "the silent captain of the Red Sox". In other words, he let his bat and play on the field do the talking.
In 1986, Bobby Doerr and Ernie Lombardi were named to the Hall of Fame by the special veterans committee. Two years later, the Red Sox retired Bobby's uniform number, #1.
P.S. You can read about Bobby and his teammates in "Summer of '49" by David Halberstam:
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