Friday, September 14, 2012

Robert Feller

Robert William Andrew "Bob" Feller (November 3, 1918 – December 15, 2010), nicknamed "The Heater from Van Meter," "Bullet Bob," and "Rapid Robert," was an American Major League Baseball pitcher with the Cleveland Indians from 1936–1956.
Feller was a prodigy who bypassed the minor leagues and entered the major leagues at the age of 17. Feller played 18 seasons, all with the Indians, his career interrupted by four years of military service during World War II. He became the first pitcher to win at least 20 games in a season before the age of 21 and threw three no-hitters and 12 one-hitters (both records at the time of his retirement). He won a World Series title in 1948 and helped the Indians win an American League-record 111 games and the pennant in 1954. He led the American League in wins six times and strikeouts in seven seasons. In 1946, Feller recorded 348 strikeouts on the season, a total not bettered for 27 years.
Ted Williams called Feller "the fastest and best pitcher I ever saw during my career...He had the best fastball and curve I've ever seen." Stan Musial believed he was "probably the greatest pitcher of our era." He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 on his first ballot appearance. He was elected the inaugural President of the Major League Baseball Players' Association and participated in barnstorming exhibition games which featured players from both the Major and Negro Leagues.

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