[13] In 1939, Feller received his first career Opening Day start against the Tigers after a match against the Browns was rained out. He was planning to add Feller, along with outfielder Tommy Henrich, to the major league roster after a few exhibition and semi-pro games without visiting either farm club. Feller finished his career with 2,581 strikeouts, trailing just Walter Johnson -- who pitched 2,087 more career innings than Feller -- and Cy Young -- who pitched 3,529 more career innings than Bob. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. He followed his no-hitter with a six-run, three-inning performance in his next start, however, in a game against the Detroit Tigers. April 16, 1940: Pitches what is still the lone Opening Day no-hitter in history, beating the White Sox, 1-0, at Chicago's Comiskey Park. [4]:xiii[12], Upon arrival in Cleveland after his discharge, Feller was honored with a civic luncheon on August 24, 1945, with more than 1,000 people in attendance at the Carter Hotel. You love baseball. The Indians were 42-71 in their other games. And I can look anyone in the eye and say, 'I was there.' [36][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. He played for the Rangers when George W. Bush was the owner of the team. The American Valor Podcast exists to share the community and messages of the Bob Feller Foundation, which represents the values of citizenship, service to country, and sacrifice beyond self in a time of national need, as exhibited by Bob Feller and the 37 National Baseball Hall of Famers who served in the United States military during the world’s time of need in World War II. Virginia died on May 6, 1981 in her home in Shaker Heights, Ohio. [13] The Indians held "Bob Feller Night" on September 9, and he appeared in his last major league game on September 30. [41][42] In a June 13 game against the Philadelphia Athletics, having already amassed 10 strikeouts through four innings, Feller fell from the mound, which rain had made slippery, and injured his back. Birthplace: Van Meter, IA Location of death: Cleveland, OH Cause of death: Cancer - Leukemia. He won the game 5–1, after allowing three hits. [64] Feller also believed it was "grossly unfair" that major leaguers who were U.S. citizens could not play in winter leagues but Latin Americans were permitted. [13], Before the 1946 season, Feller signed a $50,000 contract for the 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. The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation is proud to announce the creation of a new education tuition assistance program for all qualified students of military families, veterans and service personnel seeking post secondary education. AKA Robert William Andrew Feller. "My fastball was never the same after that," Feller said. Have completed the application for VA Benefits. The Indians came back to tie the game, but by the seventh inning the Braves regained the lead for good and Feller was removed from the game. [3][6] He recalled his childhood fondly: "What kid wouldn't enjoy the life I led in Iowa? Consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate leadership or mentoring qualities through participation in extra-curricular or civic activities in their communities. [37][38] During the 1946 season, he registered career-highs in strikeouts (348), games started (42) and games pitched (48), shutouts (10), complete games (36) and innings pitched (377.1)—all major league bests that season. "[29], Due to Feller's pitching speed, Lew Fonseca was commissioned by the Office of the Commissioner to pit Feller's fastball against a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a speed trial. "[12][34] Later that day, the city held a parade and Feller was the starting pitcher in the Indians' game against the Detroit Tigers. [47] Along with Early Wynn and Mike Garcia, Feller reached the 20-win mark during the season; they were the first trio of pitchers on the same staff to earn 20 wins since 1931. And his curveball isn't human. I hope to reach a decision at that time. 1969: Voted the greatest living right-handed pitcher in baseball's centennial celebration. Bob Feller. Baseball Experience: Major League Position: Pitcher Rank: Chief Specialist Military Unit: US Navy. Baseball and farming, and I had the best of both worlds. His father, William, ran the 360-acre (150 ha) family farm, and his mother Lena was a teacher and registered nurse. He played four years of American Legion baseball and was signed to a Cleveland Indians’ contract by … He won 266 games, led his league in strikeouts seven times and, as a 17-year-old, he struck out 17 batters. "It was one of those days when everything feels perfect, your arm, your coordination, your concentration, everything. "[33] Feller was assigned to the USS Alabama;[8] he had hoped to serve on the USS Iowa, but nearly all servicemen from Iowa had requested a place on that ship, and Feller was not selected. Aug., 1943: The USS Alabama, with Feller, heads for the Central Pacific, where over the next two years, it engaged in violent battles off Tarawa and in the Marshall Islands, Caroline Islands and the Phillipines. An Iowa farm boy who became a star for baseball's Cleveland Indians, Bob Feller (born 1918) threw harder than any pitcher of his generation. July 25, 1935: Signed as a 16-year-old, after his sophomore year in high school, by the Indians for one dollar and an autographed baseball. Feller went 266-162 with a 3.25 ERA in an 18-year career, all with Cleveland (1936-1956). "[51] On December 28 Feller officially retired from the Indians as a player to continue his work selling insurance. [61] To minimize travel time, Feller employed airplanes, such as two DC-3s in 1947, to transport players from town to town. So while we await its return, every day we'll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history. All rights reserved (About Us). As part of this commitment, the foundation will provide scholarships designed to provide financial support for our service members, veterans, or students of military families, according to the guidelines of the scholarship program. Detroit's Hank Greenberg was two home runs short of Babe Ruth's then-single-season record of 60 home runs. Feller shares the Major League record of 12 one-hitters with Nolan Ryan, and was the first pitcher to win 20 or more games before the age of 21. [2]:119, Shortly before Feller left for combat, his father died of brain cancer in early January 1943. "[1] Hall of Famer Stan Musial believed he was "probably the greatest pitcher of our era. In this day of free agency and switching teams, Bob Feller remained loyal to the city and the team for over 70 years. He was 23 years old. He was the fifth starter on the club at that time, and wasn't the Feller he'd been (earlier in his career). His six shutouts were an AL-best on the season. Feller was born and raised with his sister Marry, in Van Meter, Iowa. "[7]:32 The family's farm is on the National Register of Historic Places. In a career spanning 570 games, Feller pitched 3,827 innings and posted a win–loss record of 266–162, with 279 complete games, 44 shutouts, and a 3.25 earned run average (ERA). I'm happy I got home in one piece." In fact, he offered to take more than the 25 per cent maximum pay cut allowed. [2]:6[3][4]:4 Feller played catch daily with his father. He missed almost four seasons because of military service. If we had won the first or second game in New York, I was going to start Feller in Cleveland in the fourth game. 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