Bob Feller

Bob Feller was the 2007 Membership Spokesman. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Pitcher

Born: November 3, 1918 at Van Meter, IA
Height: 6-0 Weight: 185
Threw and batted right-handed
Cleveland A.L. 1936-1941, 1945-1956

When Bob Feller said of his pitching, "I just reared back and let them go," he accurately described his blazing fastball. "Rapid Robert" set the standard for generations of future fireballers. During his 18-year career, spent entirely with the Cleveland Indians, Feller amassed 266 victories, leading the league in wins six times and strikeouts seven. After enlisting in the Navy in 1941, Feller missednearly four full seasons to serve the country. As a Navy gun captain, he earned five campaign ribbons studded with eight battle stars. Feller authored three no-hitters and 12 one-hitters, winning 20 or more games six times.