Bobby Doerr is a baseball legend too. But since he wasn't a first ballot hall of famer, or baseball's Ironman, or the all-time wins leader... I wasn't familiar with his accomplishments until a few years later. It didn't help that I grew up 3,000 miles away from Fenway.
My best guess is I started learning about him around the same time he was inducted into Cooperstown by the Veterans Committee back in 1986.
Every now and then, card companies would include him in a set which was a nice way of paying tribute to the "silent captain of the Boston Red Sox".
Then towards the end of last year, I read somewhere that he had become the oldest living former MLBer, which I thought was interesting. It also gave me an opportunity to refresh my memory of his career achievements.
Not long after that, his 2007 UD Masterpieces Box Topper Signature card popped up on eBay. This is one of my favorite autograph sets and it was like a sign or something. So I entered a last second bid and was stoked to add an on-card autograph of Red Sox legend to my collection.
Fast forward to last night when I read the news of his passing over on Baseball Card Breakdown. My sincere condolences go out to his family, friends, and Red Sox and baseball fans around the world. I never had the opportunity to watch him play, but thanks to sites like Baseball Reference and the numerous tributes I've read since last night, his legacy will live on forever.
Rest in peace Mr. Doerr.
Happy Wednesday and sayonara!