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Hall of Famer Bob Feller hospitalized for pneumonia

Nov 29, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller has been hospitalized with pneumonia stemming from complications following his treatment for leukemia.

Feller, who turned 92 years old this month, has dealt with multiple health problems recently, but “is said to be getting stronger” according to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com.

Here’s more from Castrovince:

It has been a difficult run of poor health for Feller, who, prior to this summer, had an indefatigable spirit and energy that belied his age. In August, Feller was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a form of cancer in which abnormal white blood cells interfere with the production of normal blood cells. Feller had to have about two quarts of blood infused into his system and began receiving chemotherapy treatments. In September, Feller had a pacemaker installed to combat a heart ailment and also had a bout with vertigo.

Feller debuted with the Indians as a 17-year-old in 1936 and won 266 games over 18 seasons despite missing much of his peak while serving in the military. He was inducted into Cooperstown in 1962 as part of the same class as Jackie Robinson.

  1. Lukehart80 - Nov 29, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Bob Feller struck out Rogers Hornsby, whose career began in 1915 and he struck out Al Kaline, whose career ended in 1974. It goes without saying that he’s one of the greatest pitchers ever, but that’s an impressive piece of totally random trivia.

    It seems like Rapid Robert has faced a number of health concerns in recent years, not surprising, given his age. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him at Spring Training. Lord knows the Tribe’s pitching needs every bit of advice it can get!

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