Bob Feller pitches the first of 12 career one-hitters
“That’s fine,” Feller’s mother said to her husband, “but it’s a shame he couldn’t have had a no-hit game.”
Feller’s mother was quite used to her son’s greatness and aptitude for no-hitters. In 1936, he pitched five no-hitters for Van Meter High School and went on to help the Indians in the same year all before graduating high school in 1937.
Growing up on a farm west of Des Moines, Iowa, Feller developed great strength and broad shoulders that helped him throw blazing fastballs. He combined his fastball with a great curve to become one of the most prolific strikeout pitchers of all-time.
Later in 1938, Feller again displayed his dominance – setting a then-record 18 strikeouts in a single contest on Oct. 2 against the Detroit Tigers.
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Feller became one of the first major leaguers to enlist in the military. He spent four years in the Navy as a highly decorated anti-aircraft gunner onboard the USS Alabama and missed nearly four seasons of his prime.
He retired from the Indians following the 1956 season with a record of 266-162. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962, and passed away on Dec. 15, 2010.
Kevin Stiner was the spring 2011 Public Relations intern for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum