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Bob Feller: 1918-2010

Dec 15, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

Bob Feller

Sad news out of Iowa tonight.

Keith Murphy of WHO in Des Moines passes along word that Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller has died at the age of 92 in a Cleveland hospice.

Feller was hospitalized with pneumonia a few weeks ago and previously fought a battle against leukemia.

Born November 3, 1918 in the small farming town of Van Meter, Iowa, he went on to win 266 games over 18 big league seasons — all with the Indians.   He retired after 1956 with a sparkling 3.25 career ERA and 2,581 strikeouts.

Feller struck out 348 batters and turned in a 2.18 ERA over 371.1 innings in 1946, his finest season.

But it was in 1941 that he made his biggest splash.

After Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Feller became the first Major League Baseball player to enlist in the armed forces, joining the NAVY and serving as a gun captain on the USS Alabama during what might have been the prime of his baseball career.  He served four years and was decorated with five campaign ribbons and eight stars throughout his military service.

Feller was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

  1. Glenn - Dec 15, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Bob Feller was a one-of-a-kind all time great and his passing is another loss to our link to the great baseball past. My father is an old man and Bob Feller was kicking butt when my dad was too young to follow baseball.

  2. dacep788 - Dec 15, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    RIP Bob. You were truly a class act !

  3. Lukehart80 - Dec 15, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    It’s a sad day for Indians’ fans and baseball fans in general; as mentioned above, a great link to the past is gone. The man lived one heck of a life, 92 very full years.

    RIP, Bob.

  4. Lucas - Dec 15, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    Rest in Peace to a fellow Navy Chief.

    ITC(SW/AW) Lucas Himebaugh, US Navy
    USS Halsey (DDG 97)

    currently deployed in support of the GWOT

  5. Lucas - Dec 15, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    Rest in Peace to a fellow Navy Chief. Fair winds and following seas….

    ITC(SW/AW) Lucas Himebaugh, US Navy
    USS Halsey (DDG 97)

    currently deployed in support of the GWOT

  6. Chipmaker - Dec 16, 2010 at 7:51 AM

    Feller enjoyed his HOF status for 48 years, the longest life span yet for an honoree.

    Musial now holds the distinction, at 41 and counting.

    Welcome to the cornfield, Bob Feller. Suit up and go warm up.

  7. Jonny 5 - Dec 16, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    A true National Icon and treasure. Bob Feller, one of the best Pitchers of all time who could have had an even more amazing career had he not given it up to fight our enemies that crushed our Pacific fleet in one swift blow. He’s a rare individual that should be honored.

    Men like this are the reason many Americans carry around the mindset that athletes are role models.

  8. fuggles7 - Dec 16, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    The Watertown Indians had a scheduled game and Bob Feller was to be the guest of honour. I took a group of youngsters with me from Canada over to the game so they could meet a “Hall of Famer”. As it turned out, the game was rained out. Bob Feller, who had to be in his 70’s at the time, stood by the trunk of his car in the parking lot in the rain and signed autograph pictures of himself until everyone who lined up had received one. He may have been a gruff old codger, but he sure didn’t disappoint his fans. I doubt we will see his kind again.

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