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Bob Feller

Bob Feller

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    Robert William Andrew "Bob" Feller was born November 3, 1918 in Van Meter, Iowa.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Feller being sworn in to the US navy by former heavyweight boxing champion, Gene Tunney, at the Chicago courthouse on December 8, 1941.
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    Feller arrives at Norfolk, Virginia.
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    Feller served as Gun Captain aboard the USS Alabama.
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    Feller at-bat in the Pacific.
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    Feller was one of a number of well known celebrities who enlisted after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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    Feller gets his release from the Navy in August 1945 after being decorated with five campaign ribbons and eight battle stars.
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    After his return to the Indians, he helped them win their last World Series in 1948.
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    Feller is still the only pitcher to throw an Opening Day no-hitter...in 1940.
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    Like many athletes of the day, Feller lent his image to a number of advertising campaigns. This is one for Wheaties cereal.
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    Roadmaster bicycles.
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    Gillette razors.
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    Feller was mentioned in Abbot and Costello's legendary "Who's One First" routine and even recorded a record on how to pitch.
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    Feller retired after the 1956 season and was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
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    Feller was honored as "The greatest pitcher of his time" by the Sporting News.
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    In his later years, Feller remained a fixture at Indians games.
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    He attended fantasy camps and even threw the first pitch at a Hall of Fame game in 2009...at age 90.
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    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".
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    Robert William Andrew "Bob" Feller. November 3, 1918 -December 15, 2010.