[38] Feller said of the game, "The no-hitter on opening day in Chicago is the one that gets all the attention. [10], Before the 1946 season, Feller signed a $50,000 (equivalent to $656,000 in 2019) contract for that year, including a bonus for attendance, as the Indians felt many were attending baseball games primarily to see him; he was offered $100,000 by Jorge Pasquel to play in the Mexican League, but declined to leave the States again. He walked over to the women, chatted awhile, then posed for a picture with them. The red barn built in 1886 still stands, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, he followed his no-hitter with a six-run, three-inning performance in his next start, in a game against the Detroit Tigers. Feller joined the Indians and made his Major League debut on July 19, 1936 in a relief appearance against the Washington Senators. Hall of Famer Ted Lyons recalled 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. [40][a] In his last appearance of the season, on September 29, Feller threw five strikeouts against the Detroit Tigers to set the then-AL single-season strikeout record. You will likely not see that kind of mutual loyalty and admiration ever again. His strikeout total was the highest for a (starting) pitching debut. Feller’s glory was magnified by his World War II service. "[39] At one point during the season (as Feller thought he might be nearing Rube Waddell's AL record for strikeouts), Feller confirmed Waddell's record of 344 strikeouts with the AL office as opposed to 349.

In September, the rookie blazed his 100-mile-per-hour fast ball past the Philadelphia Athletics to strike out seventeen batters. His career was interrupted by four years of military service in World War II, during which time he served as Chief Petty Officer aboard USS Alabama. By doing so, the Indians would be in violation of Major League Baseball's rule stating that, at the time, only minor league teams could sign amateur baseball players to contracts. A prodigy who bypassed baseball's minor leagues, Feller first played for the Indians at the age of 17. I had to pitch to Tommy Henrich, Charlie Keller and Joe DiMaggio in the ninth inning to get the Yankees out. While other players waited until spring training to get in shape, Feller had the time to do push-ups, sit-ups, calisthenics and stretching, following a rigorous regimen. But when we didn't (win either game in New York), why in the hell was I going to pitch Feller? They had come to Omaha for the College World Series and had driven two hours to Van Meter just to see this piece of American history. He was a good baserunner. One of the best right-handed pitchers in baseball history, Feller was a prodigy who entered the major leagues when he was 17. His six-foot frame and a husky upper body make him seem powerful enough to rear back and fire his fastball. He recalled his childhood fondly: "What kid wouldn't enjoy the life I led in Iowa? Same toothy smile.

For the entire 2011 season the players' uniforms were outfitted with an outline of Feller's pitching motion. In 2010, he threw out the first pitch at the Indians' first home spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona. During his early years with the Indians, Feller wore it between innings whenever he pitched.

A recent online search revealed that both Wikipedia and DesMoinesRegister.com omitted Feller from their list of “Famous Iowans.”. "[76], Feller was elected the inaugural president of the Major League Baseball Players' Association in 1956. } Built in 1998 through a community fund-raising effort, the museum is located 12 miles west of Des Moines in his home town of Van Meter. [18] In October, Feller was fitted with a pacemaker and was diagnosed with pneumonia and thrush, an infection of the mucus membrane lining the mouth and throat.

[35], In 1945, from early spring to late summer, Feller's naval duties were again at Great Lakes Naval station, where he replaced Mickey Cochrane as manager of the baseball program, as well as performed as an active pitcher for the team. I knew he was something special. .synved-social-resolution-hidef {

Bob’s mother made it out of an old gunnysack. He did not pitch again until June 22, when he recorded two innings, then returned to normal pitching duties on July 4. "[30] Feller was assigned to USS Alabama;[31] he had hoped to serve on USS Iowa, but nearly all servicemen from Iowa had requested a place on that ship, and Feller was not selected. Feller wrote to Chandler, challenging the league's limit on the number of games that were allowed to be played and proposing an increase; the Commissioner agreed to Feller's proposal. "[57], He spent his entire career of 18 seasons with the Indians, being one of "The Big Four" in the Indians' pitching rotation in the 1950s, along with Bob Lemon, Early Wynn and Mike Garcia. "[70], Feller estimated that military service cost him at least 100 career wins. Feller looked up from his work and shook my hand. He worked with National League representative Robin Roberts throughout the off-season, discussing the possibility of player arbitration and pensions with baseball owners; he then became president of the Baseball Players' Association. [81] In retirement, Feller lived with his second wife, Anne Feller, in Gates Mills, a suburb of Cleveland. He was also the earliest player to incorporate himself (as Ro-Fel, Inc.). He was married to … Nov 3 1918 - Van Meter, Dallas, Iowa, United States, Dec 15 2010 - Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States, William Andrew Feller, Helena Caroline Feller (born Forret), Virginia Feller (born Winther), Anne Morris Feller (born Thorpe), Nov 3 1918 - Van Meter, Dallas County, Iowa, William Andrew Feller, Helena"lena" Caroline Feller (born Forret), Cause of death: Leukemia - Dec 15 2010 - Cleveland, Bruce Feller, Steven Feller, Martin Feller, Nov 3 1918 - Van Meter, Dallas, Iowa, USA, Feller, Feller, Feller. On October 2, 1938, Feller set a modern major league record of 18 strikeouts against the Detroit Tigers. .synved-social-resolution-normal {

Designed by Feller's son Stephen, an architect, on land donated by Brenton Banks, the museum has two rooms that contain Feller memorabilia and items from his own collection. But, Bob transcended more than that era. That way I look like a real baseball player. In August 2010, Feller was treated for leukemia. [88], The Bob Feller Museum opened in Van Meter, Iowa, on June 10, 1995.

Now which Feller are you talking about?

Ted Williams called Feller "the fastest and best pitcher I ever saw during my career", and Stan Musial believed he was "probably the greatest pitcher of our era.". [86] On December 15, Feller died of complications from leukemia at 92. "[11] Feller appeared in the May 12, 1941, edition of Life, which said: "... he is unquestionably the idol of several generations of Americans, ranging in age from 7 to 70. [8] Feller was decorated with six campaign ribbons and eight battle stars while serving on missions in both the Pacific and North Atlantic, and he was made an honorary member of the Green Berets later in life. [65] Feller's biographer John Sickels suggested: "They were trying to make money, but part of it was also, he felt that the black players weren't necessarily getting a fair chance and that he wanted to sort of showcase it. The man bore a resemblance to a ball player whose Topps baseball card I had acquired in 1956.

[2]:119 Feller's first taste of direct combat was at Operation Galvanic in November 1943. I didn't know then that he was smart and had the heart of a lion, but I knew that I was looking at an arm the likes of which you see only once in a lifetime."

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