9-time MLB All-Star second baseman whose career spanned from 1937 to 1951.
He starred for the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League while in high school.
He was named the league's Most Valuable Player by The Sporting News in 1944.
He married Monica Doerr in 1943.
He became a close friend of Hall of Fame slugger Ted Williams after joining the Boston Red Sox in 1939.