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DPReview Digital Photography. She recovered, but had to have stitches. In , Feller announced that he would pitch in the Cuban winter league in the off-season. Unfortunately, he made the announcement in August while the Indians were in the midst of a pennant race.
Cleveland fans howled. Feller explained that he had to make the announcement earlier than planned because the news was going to leak in Cuba. Feller fired back at Chandler, citing that minor leaguers were not restricted by the ruling. Feller frequently pitched exhibition games against famed Negro Leagues hurler Satchel Paige.
The two traveled on barnstorming tours during the off-season, entertaining fans all over the country.
Bob Feller was born on November 3, in Van Meter, Iowa. He grew up on As a child, Feller always wanted to play baseball with older kids. When he was. Robert William Andrew Feller (November 3, – December 15, ), nicknamed "The .. Feller appeared in the May 12, , edition of Life, which said: " he is unquestionably the idol of several generations Bob Feller Oral History Interview (1 of 2) - National Baseball Hall of Fame Digital Collection · Bob Feller Oral.
Louis Cardinals in three innings during a July exhibition. For an encore, the kid struck out fifteen batters in pitching the Indians to a victory over the St. Louis Browns that August.
In September, the rookie blazed his mile-per-hour fast ball past the Philadelphia Athletics to strike out seventeen batters. The fanfare for Feller grew.
His fastball starred in newsreels, racing against a speeding motorcycle. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in , Feller was the first major leaguer to enlist in the military.
Before Feller was out of his teens, he had struck out 18 Detroit Tigers in to set the strikeout record for both leagues. Bob Feller, it seemed, would be remembered forever. A recent online search revealed that both Wikipedia and DesMoinesRegister.
He believed that the inside part of the plate belonged to him, and batters who would dare to lean in close could expect a fastball up and in. Feller pitched his third no-hitter in July , against the Tigers, tying the major league record held by Cy Young and Larry Corcoran. But even while he struggled with his control, his opponents were struggling to get hits off him, and his strikeout totals kept rising. A commander, Gene was in charge of the Navy's physical training program. He struck out 59 in 72 innings, allowing only 50 hits. The club played well out of the gate and held first place into early June when it began to slump. Do you crawl underneath your covers and hide?
He spends much of his time these days with his wife, Anne, on their acreage in Gates Mills, Ohio. But occasionally Feller returns to where his legend endures.
When I entered the basement of the Bob Feller Museum in Van Meter last summer, my eyes zoomed in on the barrel-chested man autographing baseballs. The man bore a resemblance to a ball player whose Topps baseball card I had acquired in Same dimpled chin. Same toothy smile. Feller seems in fine shape.