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Encyclopedia > Bob Feller
Bob Feller
Bob Feller
Pitcher
Born: November 3, 1918 (1918-11-03) (age 88)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 19, 1936
for the Cleveland Indians
Final game
September 30, 1956
for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
Win-Loss     266-162
ERA     3.25
Strikeouts     2581
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 8-time American League All-Star
  • American League Pitching Triple Crown: 1940
  • Led the American League in wins: 1939 (24), 1940 (27), 1941 (25), 1946 (26), 1947 (20), 1951 (22)
  • Led the American League in strikeouts: 1938 (240), 1939 (246), 1940 (261), 1946 (348), 1947 (196), 1948 (164)
  • Led the American League in ERA: 1940 (2.61)
Member of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame
Elected     1962
Vote     93.8% (first ballot)

Robert William Andrew "Bob" Feller (born November 3, 1918 in Van Meter, Iowa), nicknamed the "Heater from Van Meter" and "Rapid Robert", is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher and Hall of Famer. He is currently (with the death of Phil Rizzuto on August 14, 2007) the second oldest living Hall of Famer after Bobby Doerr among players (Lee MacPhail, who is in the Hall as an executive, is now the oldest living Hall of Famer), and is also the senior living Hall of Famer in terms of date of induction (in 1962). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... is the 200th day of the year (201st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Other nicknames The Tribe, The Wahoos Ballpark Jacobs Field (1994–present... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Other nicknames The Tribe, The Wahoos Ballpark Jacobs Field (1994–present... In Major League Baseball, a win (denoted W) is generally credited to the pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when they last took the lead. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... For the typographical mode indicating deleted text, see Strikethrough. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Other nicknames The Tribe, The Wahoos Ballpark Jacobs Field (1994–present... The following are the baseball events of the year 1936 throughout the world. ... September 30 Chicago White Sox pitcher Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher in modern history to start a game. ... In baseball, the Triple Crown refers to: A batter who (at seasons end) leads the league in three major categories -- home runs, runs batted in, and batting average. ... Baseball Hall of Fame redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Baseball Hall of Fame redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The following are the events of the year 1962 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... Van Meter is a town in Dallas County, Iowa, along the Raccoon River. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Philip Francis Rizzuto (September 25, 1917 – August 13, 2007), nicknamed The Scooter, was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball who spent his entire career from 1941 to 1956 with the New York Yankees. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Robert Pershing Doerr (born April 7, 1918 in Los Angeles, California) is a former Major League Baseball player. ... Leland Stanford MacPhail, Jr. ...

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Professional career

Feller played for the Cleveland Indians, his only team, for 18 years, being one of "The Big Four" Indians pitching rotation in the 1950s, along with Bob Lemon, Early Wynn and Mike Garcia. He ended his career with 266 victories and 2,581 strikeouts, and led the American League in strikeouts seven times and bases on balls eight times. He pitched three no-hit games and shares the major league record with 12 one-hitters. Feller was the first pitcher to win 20 or more games before the age of 21. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, his first year of eligibility. When he was 17 years of age, he struck out 17 batters; he and Kerry Wood are the only two players ever to strike out their age (Wood struck out 20 on May 6, 1998). Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Other nicknames The Tribe, The Wahoos Ballpark Jacobs Field (1994–present... Robert Granville Lemon (September 22, 1920 - January 11, 2000) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Early Wynn Jr. ... Edward Miguel Mike García (November 17, 1923 - January 13th, 1986) was a Major League Baseball player of Mexican-Indian descent who was one of the Cleveland Indians The Big Four pitching staff in the 1950s. ... In baseball, a pitcher is credited with a win (or W) when, in a game won by his team, he is the teams pitcher at the time that his team takes a lead that it does not relinquish for the remainder of the game. ... For the typographical mode indicating deleted text, see Strikethrough. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... In baseball and softball, a no-hit game (more commonly known as a no-hitter) refers to a contest in which one of the teams has prevented the other from getting an official hit during the entire length of the game, which must be at least 9 innings by the... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... The following are the events of the year 1962 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Kerry Lee Wood (born June 16, 1977 in Irving, Texas) is an American baseball player. ... is the 126th day of the year (127th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This year in baseball 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Don Sutton, a 324-game winner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his fifth try. ...


Feller was taught to pitch by his father, an Iowa farmer, who built a diamond for his son, and installed a generator and electric lights in his barn for night practice. Although Feller's childhood dream was to pitch for the University of Notre Dame, he was signed by scout Cy Slapnicka for $1 and an autographed baseball. Upon being made GM of the Indians, Slapnicka transferred Feller's contract from Fargo-Moorhead to New Orleans to the majors without the pitcher so much as visiting either farm club, in clear violation of baseball rules. After a three-month investigation, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis made it clear that he did not believe what Slapnicka or Cleveland president Alva Bradley said, but awarded Feller to the Indians anyway, partly due to the testimony of Feller and his father, who wanted Bob to play for Cleveland. Cyril Charles Slapnicka (March 23, 1886 - October 20, 1979) was a Major League Baseball pitcher and executive. ... USD redirects here. ... Kenesaw Mountain Landis Kenesaw Mountain Landis (November 20, 1866 – November 25, 1944) was an American jurist who served as a federal judge from 1905 to 1922, and subsequently as the first commissioner of Major League Baseball. ...


On the opening day of the 1940 season, Feller pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox, with the help of a diving play on the final out by second baseman, Ray Mack. The following are the baseball events of the year 1940 throughout the world. ... In baseball and softball, a no-hit game (more commonly known as a no-hitter) refers to a contest in which one of the teams has prevented the other from getting an official hit during the entire length of the game, which must be at least 9 innings by the... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72, Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) Other nicknames The Sox, The South Siders, The ChiSox, The Pale Hose, The Good Guys, The Go-Go Sox, The... The position of the second baseman A second baseman often ranges onto the outfield grass to field a ground ball A second baseman is the baseball player guarding second base. ... Raymond James Mack (born Raymond James Mlckovsky on August 31, 1916 - died May 7, 1969) was a second basemen in Major League Baseball from 1938 to 1946 with the Cleveland Indians (2629 at bats) and in 1947 with the New York Yankees (0 ABs) and the Chicago Cubs (78...


Bob Feller when asked if he threw harder than any other pitcher ever, responded that at the end of his career players who had batted against him and also against Nolan Ryan had said Feller threw harder than Ryan. If that was the case, Feller threw over 100 mph. Although there is footage of Feller being clocked by army ordinance equipment (used to measure artillery shell velocity) and hitting 98.6. However, this took place in the later years of his career. Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. ... A shell is a projectile, which, as opposed to a bullet, is not solid but contains an explosive or other filling. ... This article is about velocity in physics. ...


When Feller retired in 1956, he held the dubious major league record for most walks in a career (1,764), and for most hit batsmen. He still holds the 20th Century record for most walks in a season (208 in 1938). September 30 Chicago White Sox pitcher Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher in modern history to start a game. ... Rashad Eldridge of the Oklahoma Redhawks walks to first base after drawing a base on balls. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... The following are the baseball events of the year 1938 throughout the world. ...


In 1943, Feller married Virgina Winther (1916-1981), daughter of a Wisconsin industrialist. They had three sons, Steve (b. 1945), Martin (b. 1947), and Bruce (b.1950). He lives with his wife, Anne Feller, in Gates Mills, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland.


Early life

Feller was raised in the small town of Van Meter, Iowa, located west of Des Moines, hence his latter nickname "The Van Meter Heater." The son of a hard-working Iowa farmer, Bob did many arduous chores that made him physically fit. He used to joke that shoveling manure and baling hay is what strengthened his arms and gave him the capacity to throw as hard as he did. Many attribute his blazing fastball to this. He refers to his farm days in Iowa very fondly, frequently worked on the farm during the off season, and currently collects tractors similar to the ones he used on the farm. When asked how he learned to throw his devastating curve ball, Bob replied, "One day as a nine year old, I was playing catch with my father and I twisted my wrist a bit. The ball broke and I've been throwing them ever since."


Military service

On December 8, 1941 Feller, enlisted in the Navy, volunteering immediately for combat service becoming the first Major League Baseball player to do so following the Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7. Feller served as Gun Captain aboard the USS Alabama,[1] and missed four seasons during his service in World War II, being decorated with five campaign ribbons and eight battle stars. One year after his return to Major League action, in 1946, he registered an incredible 348 strikeouts while pitching in 48 games, starting 42 of those games. That year Bob was 26-15 with an era of 2.18 while pitching 36 complete games. He led the American League in strikeouts seven times and had 200 or more strikeouts five times. Bob pitched in 570 games during his career, and pitched in 40 or more games six seasons. Bob also threw three no-hit games including the only opening day no-hitter in baseball history in 1940. He had 46 shutouts during his career with 10 of those in 1946. Many baseball historians have speculated that Feller would have won perhaps 350 games with well over 3,000 strikeouts had he not joined the military. Even still, he was honored as "The greatest pitcher of his time" by the Sporting News. is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... USN redirects here. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... This article is about the actual attack. ... is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... USS Alabama (BB-60), a South Dakota-class battleship, was the fifth completed ship named Alabama of the United States Navy, however she was only the third commissioned ship with that name. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... In the United States Navy, a battle star or engagement star is a recognition of a ships participation in a naval battle or other combat. ...


Feller's opinions and controversy

In Feller's later years, he has been very vocal about his resentment of the idea of Pete Rose, who was banned in 1989 for betting on baseball games while serving as manager for the Cincinnati Reds, being reinstated into Major League Baseball (and Rose's subsequent induction into the Hall of Fame). Feller went as far as to state that Rose's status as a felon alone should make him unworthy of the Hall of Fame. Feller has also gone on record as saying that he'll never go back to Cooperstown if Pete Rose is ever inducted except to rip his own plaque off the wall. Peter Edward Pete Rose, Sr. ... 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Other nicknames The Redlegs, The Big Red Machine... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Cooperstown is a village in Otsego County, New York and is the County Seat. ...

"We don't want anybody who ever gambled on the game to be in this Hall of Fame. I don't want him, the Hall of Famers don't want him, and no honest American wants him. Hell, even Denny McLain doesn't want him." - Feller on Pete Rose while being interviewed for ESPN in 2004.

During spring training for the 2003 baseball season, Feller called Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Jim Thome, who began his career with the Cleveland Indians, a "journeyman first baseman. He's no gazelle over there. More like a hippopotamus."[2] Dennis Dale Denny McLain (born March 29, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American professional baseball player. ... ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ... The year 2004 in television involved some significant events. ... A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Fightin Philadelphia Phillies (1884–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1883-1889) (Also referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Other nicknames The Phils, The Phightin... James Howard Jim Thome (born August 27, 1970 in Peoria, Illinois) is a Major League Baseball player who currently plays for the Chicago White Sox. ...


In 2004, Feller criticized Major League Baseball for inviting boxing legend Muhammad Ali (because Ali protested over himself being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War) to throw out the first pitch at the All-Star Game in Houston (ESPN.com, 2004). The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... Minute Maid Park (formerly Enron Field and Astros Field) is a baseball stadium in Houston, Texas, that opened in 2000 to house the Houston Astros. ...


On August 10, 2005, while on St. Louis radio station KFNS, a rambling and apparently intoxicated Feller claimed that Caribbean players "don't know the rules of the game." When asked by host Mike Claiborne, who ultimately accused Feller of being a racist, to provide an example of this, a flustered Feller tried to change the subject and eventually hung up. After a commercial break, Claiborne, who is African-American, told his audience that Feller was "an asshole". is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area  - City  66. ... General Information KFNS is an AM radio station in Wood River, Illinois located at 590kHz. ... “West Indian” redirects here. ... This box:      Racism has many definitions, the most common and widely accepted is that members of one race are intrinsically superior or inferior to members of other races. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ...


Many of Bob Feller's critics (Jim Rome among them, who has frequently referred to Feller as "Bitter, Old Bob Feller") have frequently chastised him for his perceived bitterness, cynicism, and general plain-spoken demeanor in his old age. Modern baseball players are more press savvy and thus less candid. Feller has also been criticized by some (including Feller's frequent target Pete Rose) for supposedly charging a substantial fee for his autograph. While being profiled on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury one of Feller's close friends disclosed Feller's initial cynicism towards hard-throwing pitching phenom Dwight Gooden, stating, He can throw but he can't pitch. Feller also criticized Jim Bouton's controversial book Ball Four despite allegations that Feller never even read it due to life-long problems with dyslexia. James Jim Rome (born October 14, 1964) is an American sports radio talk show host syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications. ... ESPN Classic features reruns of famous sporting events, sports documentaries, and sports themed movies. ... #1 Athlete: Michael Jordan SportsCentury is an ESPN biography program that reviews the people and athletic events that defined sports in North America throughout the 20th and 21st Century. ... Dwight Eugene Gooden (born November 16, 1964 in Tampa, Florida), also known as Doc Gooden or Dr. K, is a former major league baseball player. ... Jim Bouton James Alan Bouton (born March 8, 1939 in Newark, New Jersey, USA) is a former Major League Baseball player, and author of the controversial baseball book Ball Four, which was a combination diary of his 1969 season and memoir of his years with the New York Yankees. ... James Alan Bouton (born March 8, 1939 in Newark, New Jersey) was a Major League Baseball player and author of the controversial baseball book Ball Four, which was a combination diary of his 1969 season and memoir of his years with the New York Yankees. ...


Feller's son Stephen designed the Bob Feller Museum, built in 1998 in Van Meter, Iowa. In an interview there in 1998, Feller said he won more games in Chicago than in any other city except Cleveland. But he had one unhappy memory of Chicago. On Mothers Day, 1939, White Sox third baseman Marv Owen lined one of Feller's pitches into the stands near first base, hitting Feller's mother in the face. She spent the next two weeks in a Chicago hospital with cuts and bruises, as well as two black eyes. Upon his mother's discharge from the hospital, an apologetic Owen remarked to Feller, "Gee, Bob, now she looks as purty as you do." [3] This year in baseball 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Don Sutton, a 324-game winner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his fifth try. ... Van Meter is a town in Dallas County, Iowa, along the Raccoon River. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Mothers Day is a holiday that commemorates mothers that is celebrated in many countries around the world, generally in the month of May. ... == July == July 4 = Lou Gehrig day was held at Yankee Stadium,Lou said in his speech that he is the luckiest man on the face of the earth. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72, Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) Other nicknames The Sox, The South Siders, The ChiSox, The Pale Hose, The Good Guys, The Go-Go Sox, The... Marvin James Owen (March 22, 1906 – June 22, 1991) was an American third baseman in Major League Baseball. ...


Feller also came under fire by many Brooklyn baseball fans for questionable comments made about Jackie Robinson, who entered the Hall of Fame the same year as Feller. Apparently, when Robinson first came up to Brooklyn, Feller said that if he were white he would not have made the Majors. This article is about the borough of New York City. ... Jack Roosevelt Jackie Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) became the first African-American major league baseball player of the modern era in 1947. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1913) Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899...

He's tied up in the shoulders and can't hit an inside pitch to save his neck. If he were a white man, I doubt if they would even consider him big league material, except perhaps as a bat boy.

For those who criticize Feller's alleged bigotry toward African-American players, it should be noted Bob Feller was instrumental in putting together barnstorming games with Satchel Paige's all-stars from 1942 to 1950 during the offseason with black players before the game was integrated. Furthermore, Feller was a strong proponent in favor of integrating the game, contrary to the misinformed general consensus[citation needed]. Leroy Robert Satchel Paige (July 7, 1906–June 8, 1982)[1] was an American baseball player who pitched in several different Negro Leagues and in Major League Baseball. ...


In March 2006, Feller said that Barry Bonds should be kept out of the Baseball Hall of Fame. This had nothing to do with race or performance but with Feller's perception of Bond's integrity. Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California) is currently a left fielder for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. ...

He's not going to get the numbers when it comes to Cooperstown. Those players who have been convicted of using steroids or are caught using them are not going to get the numbers to be elected to the Hall of Fame when they become eligible for that great honor. And I am with them on that.

Feller said cheating was not unique to recent years:

There has always been cheating going on in pitching and hitting. As far as cheating, using a wooden bat and flattening the hitting surface, that has always been going on. ... It is usually discovered in pretty good time. I can't tell you the number of times I threw spitters or put a gash in the ball with my fingernail to get a little extra spin.

Feller has also stated he is opposed to the induction of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa into the Baseball Hall of Fame for illicit steroid use as well, stating, "Why don't they just open a separate wing called the "Steroid Users Hall of Fame"? They could have a great big sculpture of Bobby Bonds' head with pigeon droppings all over it. It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."


Also in 2006, when Negro league baseball legend Buck O'Neil failed to get voted into the Hall of Fame, Feller was quoted as saying The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... Bud Fowler, the first professional black baseball player with one of his teams, Western of Keokuk, Iowa The Negro Leagues were American professional baseball leagues comprising predominantly African-American teams. ... Buck ONeil during a baseball game John Jordan Buck ONeil (November 13, 1911 – October 6, 2006) was an American first baseman and manager in Negro league baseball, most notably in the Negro American League with the Kansas City Monarchs. ...

What the hell do (these committee members) know about baseball? I know more about Aristotelian metaphysics and string theory than they do about baseball."

[4]

Highlights

  • Winningest pitcher in Cleveland Indians history (266 victories)
  • Led league in wins six times (1939-41, 1946-47, 1951)
  • Led league in ERA (1940)
  • Led league in strikeouts seven times (1938-41, 1946-48)
  • Led league in bases on balls twelve times
  • Led league in hit batsmen six times
  • 8-time All-Star (1938-41, 1946-48, 1950)
  • Inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1962
  • In 1999, he ranked Number 36 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... In 1998, The Sporting News compiled a list of Baseballs Greatest Players. ... In 1999, MasterCard sponsored the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. ...

See also

A number of baseball players are distinguished by the fact that they made their professional debut in the majors without having played a single game at the minor league level or at the professional level. ... The following is the list of Major League Baseball leaders in career wins. ... In baseball, the Triple Crown refers to: A batter who (at seasons end) leads the league in three major categories -- home runs, runs batted in, and batting average. ... Major League Baseball recognizes earned run average champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Major League Baseball recognizes strikeout champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Major League Baseball recognizes win champions among pitchers in the American League and National League each season. ... Listed below are the pitchers who have struck out 18 or more batters in a nine-inning Major League game, with teams, dates and opponents: // Randy Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks (NL), May 8, 2001, vs. ... In baseball, a strikeout occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... At the end of each Major League Baseball season, the league leaders of various statistical categories are announced. ... This is a list of no-hitters in Major League Baseball history. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.bobfellermuseum.org/legacy.html
  2. ^ http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/sports/5198069.htm
  3. ^ http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/sports/5198069.htm
  4. ^ http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/kansascity/sports/columnists/14019835.htm?source=rss&channel=kansascity_columnists
  • Caesar, Dan. "Media Views: Claiborne's "racist" label sparks controversy", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 13 Aug 2005. 
  • "Feller: Ali 'shouldn't be honored this way'", ESPN, 14 Jul 2004. 
  • Pietrusza, David, Matthew Silverman & Michael Gershman, ed. (2000). Baseball: The Biographical Encyclopedia. Total/Sports Illustrated.

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Bob Feller, with a 266-162 record and 2,581 strikeouts, is the winningest pitcher in Indians history.
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Feller was born on Nov. 3, 1918, on the family farm outside Van Meter, Iowa.
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