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Bob Feller Baseball Legend R.I.P

Updated on December 21, 2010
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R.I.P. Mr. Bob Feller
R.I.P. Mr. Bob Feller

Bob Feller

CLEVELAND - Bob Feller, the Iowa farm boy whose powerful right arm earned him the nickname "Rapid Robert" and made him one of baseball's greatest pitchers during a Hall of Fame career with the Cleveland Indians, has died. He was 92.

Feller died at 9:15 last night of acute leukemia at a hospice, said Bob DiBiasio, the Indians' vice president of public relations.

Remarkably fit until late in life, Feller had suffered serious health setbacks in recent months. He was diagnosed with a form of leukemia in August, and while undergoing chemotherapy, he fainted and his heart briefly stopped. Eventually, he underwent surgery to have a pacemaker implanted. In November, he was hospitalized with pneumonia and Feller was recently released into hospice care.

Even as his health deteriorated, Feller continued doing what he loved most - attending Indians games deep into last season.

"Nobody lives forever and I've had a blessed life," Feller said in September. "I'd like to stay on this side of the grass for as long as I can, though. I'd really like to see the Indians win a World Series."

Feller, in fact, was part of the rotation the last time the Indians won it all - in 1948.

Fiercely proud and patriotic, Feller was an American original. He won 266 games during 18 seasons - all with the Indians, who brought him up to the majors as a 17-year old. Feller's win total remains a Cleveland team record, one that seems almost untouchable in today's free-agent era.

Feller finished with 2,581 career strikeouts, led the American League in strikeouts seven times, pitched three no-hitters - including the only one on Opening Day - and recorded a jaw-dropping 12 one-hitters.

The first pitcher to win 20 games before he was 21, Feller was enshrined in Cooperstown in 1962, his first year of eligibility.

His numbers would have been even greater had his career not been interrupted by World War II. Stirred by Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Feller enlisted in the Navy the following day - the first major league player to do so. He served as a gun captain on the USS Alabama, earning several battle commendations and medals.
Bob was one of those guys that you can say "they don't make 'em like that anymore" . A great Hall of Fame pitcher, a veteran of the US Navy and until the day he died a lover of the game. Bob also earned my respect for playing on barnstorming teams made up of white major leaguers that played the Negro League teams. If you're a fan of the game this is a sad day. R.I.P. Bob Feller, a real American hero!


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    • justom profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from 41042

      Me too richie and you're right those days of baseball are gone....but with me and you, not forgotten. I do still love the game though and can't wait for opening day. Thanks for stopping by. Peace!!

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      7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      That was great I am a diehard Cleveland Fan and Bob Feller was the ultimate Clevelander, Indian, and American. He was not from here but he loved and represented this city as if it were his own. You are right he was one of those that they do not make them like they used to, and there probably will not be another like him.

    • justom profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from 41042

      Thanks James, I appreciate that! Peace!! Tom

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this outstanding tribute to a remarkable man. Well done!

    • justom profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from 41042

      We love you to Micky Dee, Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year!! Tom and Justin

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Awesomely beautiful Bob Feller! I love you Man! Tell that Justin I love him too! God bless y'all!

    • justom profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from 41042

      It's my game too Dar, I still get to a couple every season and watch it on TV like a madman. So you got to see Ryan in the minors, wow!, that's cool. Thanks for checking out this hub girlfriend. Much love to you, Peace!! Tom

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      Darlene Sabella 

      7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Baseball is my game, sitting outside, eating a bad hotdog with all the guey stuff, having beer and yelling and cheering is so awesome. I feel in love with Nolan Ryan when he first started his career. He started with the Orange County Angels at that time, and boy was he the best pitcher I ever saw. This is a great historic story, and 92 is a great old age, this man has seen our world change from covered wagons to cars. Love your hub and rate it up, love you boyfriend forever, darski

    • justom profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from 41042

      Merle Ann, yeah it's fine, he lived 92 years so he had a long good life. It still just makes me sad when guys like this die, he really was a part of my very early childhood so it kind of seems I've known him all my life. You'd have loved him. Peace and Love!! Tom ***I need to get back to you on the other e-mails, I get lame like that sometimes. Love getting them.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Awww... sad to hear, but then Happy he is free of the Pain and resting I am sure. I really didn't know about him but as I read he was a great Human Thanks for sharing...:O) Hugs G-Ma/Merle Ann

    • justom profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from 41042

      Yeah, he was the real deal. Nolan Ryan is one of my all time favorite pitchers too. He was a tough SOB and I noticed during the world series he's still got that look in his eye. I was lucky enough to see him too. Glad you liked the hub!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      All kinds of stuff I'd not have known without you, Tom; big bad Bob was my kind of pitcher. I like nothing more than to see the radar gun lite up in red with high 90's heat. I was lucky enough to see Nolan Ryan a few times when he still pitched.


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