Who is this? Red Sox Hall of Fame Second Baseman Bobby Doerr. What is this? An autograph card from 2008 Upper Deck Goudey. Where'd I get it? I got this card signed through the mail from Mr. Doerr last week. How much did it cost? I got this card when I bought a set of 2008 Upper Deck Goudey for cheap last spring.
Why is this so special? How many Hall of Famers sign through the mail for free and return signed cards in less than a week? My guess: just Bobby Doerr.
Bobby Doerr spent his entire career with the Red Sox, playing from 1937 to 1951, although he missed the 1945 season when serving in the Army during World War II. He made his Major League debut when he was only 19 years-old and played on Red Sox teams alongside Ted Williams, Jimmie Foxx, Dom DiMaggio, Joe Cronin, and Johnny Pesky.
Ted Williams called Doerr, who was a nine-time All-Star, "the silent captain of the Red Sox" and he was regarded as one of the best defensive Second Basemen of his generation. In fact, in 1948, Doerr set an American League record by successfully fielding 414 balls without making an error.
Doerr was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986 and his number 1 was retired by the Boston Red Sox on May 21, 1988.
Below are four more cards that Mr. Doerr has signed for me through the mail over the last two years.
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