Feller, Bob

Robert William Andrew Feller
Born: November 3, 1918, Van Meter, Iowa
Died: December 15, 2010, Gates Mills, Ohio
Played For: 
Cleveland Indians (1936-1941, 1945-1956)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1962

Bob Feller's blazing fastball set the standard against which all of his successors have been judged. Rapid Robert spent his entire 18-year career with Cleveland, amassing 266 victories and 2,581 strikeouts, while leading the league in strikeouts seven times. He missed nearly four full seasons in his prime serving his country during World War II, for which he was decorated with five campaign ribbons studded with eight battle stars. Fresh from high school, Feller struck out 17 Athletics in 1936. The fireballer authored three no-hitters and 12 one-hitters while winning 20 or more games six times.

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Induction Speech


Did You Know: 
that on Aug. 25, 1936, Bob Feller struck out 15 batters in his first big league start, a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Browns?
It wasn't until you hit against him that you knew how fast he really was, until you saw with your own eyes that ball jumping at you.
Ted Lyons