Bobby Doerr, the former Boston Red Sox second baseman who was the oldest living former major league ballplayer and the last living person who played against Lou Gehrig - not to mention a nine-time All Star and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame - has passed away. He was 99.

KC's View: Doerr was a member of some of the great Red Sox teams - which had players such as Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Dom DiMaggio - that excelled but never won the World Series. I had forgotten the class move that the Red Sox made in 2004, after they’d won the series, when they presented Doerr with a championship ring.

“I had some wet eyes” when the Sox did that, Doerr said at the time. “I thought that was quite a nice gesture for them to do that … I just think the Red Sox are just a wonderful organization.”