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Robert William Andrew "Bob" Feller was born November 3, 1918 in Van Meter, Iowa.
Feller agreed to sign with the Indians for $1 and an autographed baseball. He then went on to pitch 18 seasons for the Tribe, posting a 266-162 record to set the franchise record for wins.
The right-hander led the American League in strikeouts seven times, was named to eight All-Star teams and missed three years of his prime while serving in World War II.
Feller being sworn in to the US navy by former heavyweight boxing champion, Gene Tunney, at the Chicago courthouse on December 8, 1941.
Feller arrives at Norfolk, Virginia.
Feller served as Gun Captain aboard the USS Alabama.
Feller at-bat in the Pacific.
Feller was one of a number of well known celebrities who enlisted after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Feller gets his release from the Navy in August 1945 after being decorated with five campaign ribbons and eight battle stars.
After his return to the Indians, he helped them win their last World Series in 1948.
Feller is still the only pitcher to throw an Opening Day no-hitter...in 1940.
Like many athletes of the day, Feller lent his image to a number of advertising campaigns. This is one for Wheaties cereal.
Feller was mentioned in Abbot and Costello's legendary "Who's One First" routine and even recorded a record on how to pitch.
Feller retired after the 1956 season and was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
Feller was honored as "The greatest pitcher of his time" by the Sporting News.
In his later years, Feller remained a fixture at Indians games.
He attended fantasy camps and even threw the first pitch at a Hall of Fame game in 2009...at age 90.
Feller always said he was not a hero. Heroes were the ones who didn't come back from WW II. Feller called himself a "survivor".
Robert William Andrew "Bob" Feller. November 3, 1918 -December 15, 2010.
Chardon High School Commemorative Concert